39th Annual Milwaukee Cup Match Slated For Friday

Bryan Ciesiulka

Sept. 8, 2011

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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s soccer team makes its third straight trip to Engelmann Stadium when the Golden Eagles face the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers in the 39th annual playing of the Milwaukee Cup at 7:30 p.m. CT.

MU returns to the East Side for its annual derby after going 1-1-0 this past weekend in the Panther Invitational. The Golden Eagles defeated Western Michigan 3-2 in double-overtime last Friday before falling to Western Illinois on Sunday, 1-0, in the 90th minute.

The Panthers are currently in possession of the Milwaukee Cup, a traveling trophy that stays with the team that won the match the year previously (or in an event of a draw). The Panthers knocked off MU 4-2 at Valley Fields to re-claim the Cup after two years.

Milwaukee owns a 26-9-3 all-time record in Milwaukee Cup matches dating back to the first-ever matchup against Marquette back on Sept. 22, 1973.

Golden Eagles head coach Louis Bennett has a 7-6-2 career record in the Milwaukee Cup. He went 5-4-1 in 10 seasons as the head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1996-2005) and holds an even 2-2-1 mark in his five previous seasons at Marquette.

• Listen to Friday’s Milwaukee Cup live via streaming audio on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio. Bookmark http://bit.ly/MURadio on your Internet web browser for quick access. Live stats are available in real time through Gametracker on GoMarquette.com. Direct URL: http://bit.ly/qRnlKG.

• Watch a live video stream of the 2011 Milwaukee Cup on the Horizon League Network (www.horizonleague.org) with Matt Schroeder on the call.

• For the second consecutive season Marquette returns 17 letterwinners and eight starting players, including 2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Calum Mallace. Twenty three of the 27 players on the 2011 roster were on the squad dating back to this past spring.

• Marquette’s first two losses of the season weren’t because a lack of chances. The Golden Eagles had 16 corner kicks in their 2-1 season-opening loss at UIC. MU then rattled off 20 shots in a 1-0 loss to Western Illinois, the most shots attempted in a match by an MU side since Oct. 6, 2004.

• Marquette head coach Louis Bennett and associate head coach Stan Anderson spent 10 years together coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, their previous stop before heading to MU. Altogether, Bennett and Anderson made five NCAA tournament appearances in their time with time with the Panthers.• MU assistant coach Steve Bode was a star defender for Milwaukee, patrolling the back line for the Panthers at Engelmann from 2003-2007. Bode is second all-time at Milwaukee in games started (83).

• Three players will wear the captain’s arm band for the Golden Eagles at various points of the season, according to head coach Louis Bennett: Senior midfielder Calum Mallace, junior midfielder Ryan Robb and sophomore central defender Eric Pothast.

Eric Pothast becomes just the second sophomore in Louis Bennett’s 16 seasons as head coach to be tabbed a team captain. The only other sophomore to earn such an honor was current MU assistant coach Steve Bode when Bode played for Bennett while at Milwaukee.




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