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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team is out to match its best start in the 48-year history of the program on Saturday, Sept. 8, when the Golden Eagles host Western Illinois. Kick off is 7:05 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.
MU (4-0-0) is undefeated through its first four games for the first time since the 2000 season. The only Marquette team to ever begin the season 5-0-0 was the 1993 squad.
Listen Live on WMUR Marquette Radio
Saturday’s match against Western Illinois will be broadcast live by WMUR Marquette Radio. The student-led radio station will again call a majority of MU men's soccer matches this fall with play-by-play voice Matt Trebby on the call. Listen live at: http://marquetteradio.org/listen/
Marquette Golden Eagles (4-0-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette is one of five teams in NCAA Division I to begin the season with a 4-0-0 record. MU captured its second home win of 2012 with a 1-0 decision over UIC at Valley Fields on Aug. 31 and blanked Drake on the road, 2-0, to remain undefeated through its first four games. The Golden Eagles, led by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, have posted three consecutive shutouts while holding their opponents scoreless over the last 290 minutes going back to the season opener.
Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-2-0, 0-0-0 Summit League)
Western Illinois returns six starters from last year's Summit League championship team that finished 13-7-1 (4-2), including leading scorer and preseason All-Summit League First Team selection, Nathan Bruinsma. Also returning is junior Charlie Bales, the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Summit League. The Leathernecks, led by coach Dr. Eric Johnson (16th season), dropped their first two matches of the season, but rebounded with consecutive wins against DePaul and Valparaiso. Against Valparaiso, the Leathernecks won 1-0 on a late goal by sophomore midfielder Mario Alvarez.
Lyon Named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week
Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after recording his second- and third-consecutive shutouts of the season. In addition, he earned a spot on the Soccer America Team of the Week. Lyon, who has made five career starts between the posts, currently boasts a 0.50 goals against average this season, and his three shutouts leads the league.
Golden Eagles’ Perfect Start Garners National Recognition
MU has garnered the attention of college soccer media outlets across the country, appearing in all five of the NCAA Division I men's soccer rankings/polls this week. The Golden Eagles are ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation (TopDrawerSoccer.com), while also garnering top-20 recognition by Soccer America (No. 19) and in the NSCAA/Continental Tires poll (No. 20). Soccer Times has MU ranked tied for the No. 25 spot and the squad checks-in at No. 29 in the College Soccer News rankings. In all, there are currently eight BIG EAST teams ranked or receiving votes in the two major polls (NSCAA and Soccer America).
Scoring Has Come By Committee For MU
Senior Andy Huftalin became the fifth Marquette player to find the back of net this season, when he tallied the eventual game-winner in the 48th minute of MU’s 2-0 win at Drake. Juniors Bryan Ciesiulka and Eric Pothast currently lead the Golden Eagles with two goals and five points apiece. Redshirt junior Adam Lysak and sophomore Sebastian Jansson have also scored for MU. Marquette has out-scored its opponents 7-2 through the team’s first four games of 2012.
Skills Zone Open For 2012 Season
Kids 12-and-under are invited to participate in the “Skills Zone” before every Marquette home match during the 2012 season. Get to The Valley early to participate in soccer skills stations with MU players & coaches. The “Skills Zone” opens one hour before the start of every men’s soccer home game.