Marquette Soccer Hosts Dayton in Home Opener Monday
Sept. 6, 2015
• 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.
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• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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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