Marquette Soccer Hosts Dayton in Home Opener Monday

Freshman Jesper Larsson registered 4 shots, including 2 on goal in the team's win on Thursday.
Sept. 6, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 4
Marquette (1-1-1) vs. Dayton (2-1-0)
Date Monday, Sept. 7 | 6 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields
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• The Marquette University men’s soccer team will play host to the Dayton Flyers in Monday’s home opener, which will mark the first game in a three-game homestand for the Golden Eagles.

• The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series with a 3-2-2 mark against Dayton, but their meeting on Monday will be the first since 1994 and first in Milwaukee since 1989. The Flyers are unbeaten in the prevous four meetings, including two draws.

• Marquette traveled across town in its last matchup and played to a 1-1 draw in front of a record crowd at Engelmann Stadium (4,030) to retain the Milwaukee Cup for the first time since 2009. It marked the first draw in the all-time series since 2007.

• Dayton comes into Monday’s Labor Day match with a 2-1-0 mark with two straight wins against James Madison and Cleveland State following a season-opening setback to Radford.

• Marquette head coach Louis Bennett will try for career coaching win No. 200 on Monday after being denied reaching the milestone against his former team of 10 seasons, UW-Milwaukee, Thursday.

• Monday’s home opener against Dayton will feature live video streaming and live statistics via Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

• As always, follow Marquette Soccer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Live in-game updates are available via Twitter. Join the conversation by using #MarquetteSoccer.

• Dayton enters Monday’s contest with a 2-1-0 mark and seeking its third straight win after victories over James Madison and Cleveland State in its previous two outings. Monday’s match against the Golden Eagles will by the Flyers’ first on the road this season.

• The Flyers defeated Cleveland State convincingly last time out, going away with a 4-1 win, thanks to goals from four different player who each registered their first goal of the season. Two first half goals were all Dayton needed as Amass Amankona and Michael Frasca scored in the 15th and 18th minutes, respectively. James Haupt and Carlos Sendin added tallies in the second half for good measure. The Flyers outshot CSU, 17-9, including 6-2 in shots on target.

• Dayton went 7-7-5 in 2014, watching its season come to an end in a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Rhode Island in the first round of the Atlantic-10 Conference tournament.

• The Flyers return 16 letterwinners, including nine starters, in 2015 and were picked to finish sixth in the A-10 Preseason Poll behind conference-favorite Saint Louis. Dayton landed three on the Preseason All-10 team as James Haupt (F), Amass Amankona (M) and Lalas Abubakar (D) were each represented, while Kennedy Nwabia earned Preseason All-Rookie honors.

• Marquette will welcome Nebraska-Omaha to Valley Fields on Friday, Sept. 11. It will mark the first-ever meeting between both programs. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Central time.

• On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Golden Eagles traveled across town to take on UW-Milwaukee for the coveted Milwaukee Cup in the 43rd meeting between both teams. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and Marquette retained possession of the cup thanks to last season’s 2-0 win at Valley Fields.

• A record crowd of 4,030 was announced at Engelmann Stadium, which eclipsed the old mark 3,312 set back in 2013, and is the largest crowd to take in a Milwaukee Cup match in series history.

• UW-Milwaukee showed tremendous speed early on, taking advantage of its artificial surface that Marquette was experiencing for the first time this season. It tranlated into several scoring chances and UWM’s Tinashe Marowa broke through with the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute.

• The Golden Eagles found the equalizer in the 73rd minute when junior midfielder Louis Bennett II curled a left-footed strike inside the left post from 25 yards out.

• Each team registered 17 shots and seven corner kicks in the match.

• Since 2005, the Golden Eagles are 8-1-1 in Valley Fields lid-lifters with a four-match win streak entering Monday’s contest against Dayton. Their lone loss in that stretch came against UW-Milwaukee back in 2010 by a 4-2 result. MU tied Denver, 0-0, back in 2006.

• Marquette defeated Gonzaga in last season’s home opener, 2-0, behind scores from Alex McBride and Daniel Szczepanek.

• In their last 10 home openers, Marquette has doubled their opponents in the scoring column, averaging 2.2 goals per game, while allowing just 1.1 goals against.

• Freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza is only two matches into his young collegiate career, but he already claimed his first weekly honor with a spot on the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 31).

• Barraza made 11 saves in two starts last week, registering a 1-1 record during Marquette’s West Coast road trip. He made eight saves in a 1-0 overtime loss against Oregon State, followed by three saves in a 4-2 win against Portland. He currently sports a 1.65 GAA with a .786 save percentage in over 163 minutes of action.

• Four out of the six newcomers made appearances in the season opener against Oregon State with Luis Barraza getting the start in net. He made eight saves in his debut.

• Marquette boasted yet another Top-15 recruiting class in 2015 according to Top Drawer Soccer - their third Top-15 class in as many years.

• This year’s freshman class includes: Luis Barraza (Santa Teresa, New Mexico), Toby Howell (Bradenton, Florida), Jesper Larsson (Falkenburg, Sweden), Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Illinois), Ben Tweedie (Naples, Florida), and Kees Westra (Monroe, Washington).

• Sanchez (midfielder) and Westra (defender) ranked among the IMG Academy’s Top-75 recruits coming out of high school, while Barraza (goalkeeper) led Real Salt Lake-Arizona to the U.S. Development Academy championship this past summer.




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