Golden Eagles Set For Tuesday Tilt at No. 11 Virginia

Sept. 11, 2017

2017 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 5
Marquette (0-3-1) at No. 11 Virginia (3-0-1)
Date Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 6 p.m. CT
Location

Klöckner Stadium | Charlottesville, Va.

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team begins a two-match road trip with No. 11 Virginia in a non-conference affair. Tuesday's start time is set for 6 p.m. Central time and will be streamed live on the ACC Network. 

KEY STORYLINES
• The Golden Eagles take on the 11th-ranked Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Third Round match-up that saw Virginia prevail, 3-1, at home en route to a Final Four appearance.

• Tuesday's contest will stream live on the ACC Network via ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com.

• Marquette (0-3-1) seeks its first win of 2017 following four matches against high-caliber competition, including three 2016 NCAA tournament qualifiers (Kentucky, UIC, New Mexico). Virginia will mark the fourth NCAA qualifier in five matches with another in Villanova looming.

• Using Your Head: All three Marquette goals in 2017 have been scored off of headers. Brendan Skinner and Luka Prpa connected in a 2-2 draw vs. UIC, and Grant Owens vs. New Mexico.

LAST TIME OUT
• Despite a 15-10 shots advantage (7-5 SOG), including an 11-3 edge in the second half, the Golden Eagles were snake bitten at home by Saint Louis, which converted a 72nd minute penalty and snagged a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.

Luka Prpa and Connor Alba combined for seven shots, while graduate transfer Jason Davis added a pair of shots on target in his Marquette debut.

• It was the second-straight year that SLU has benefited from a late penalty against the Golden Eagles. The Billikens earned a draw at home on Sept. 10, 2016 with a game-tying penalty in the 87th.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
• Virginia, ranked No. 11 in the United Soccer Coaches poll heading into this week, is coming off a 2-2 draw at home to No. 8 Syracuse in the ACC opener. Jean-Christophe Koffi notched a goal and an assist to keep the Cavaliers unbeaten (3-0-1, 0-0-1 ACC) after four games this season, including three that have reached overtime.

• The Cavs were picked to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division and feature six returners that received postseason league recognition a season ago. UV finished 11-4-5 in 2016, falling to eventual champion Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Junior forward Edward Opoku was one of 31 players added to the preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. He leads the Cavs this season with eight points on three goals and two assists.

• In net, Virginia is led once again by Jeff Caldwell who boasts a 1.13 goals against average with a .750 save percentage. He has all four decisions for the Cavs this season.

COMING UP NEXT
• Marquette concludes a short two-game road trip on Saturday with league-foe Villanova in the BIG EAST opener. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in their last eight league opening games, going 4-0-4 since 2009, with a stretch of five consecutive shutouts.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. VIRGINIA
• Tuesday marks the third meeting all-time between the Golden Eagles and Cavaliers and first since a 2013 NCAA tournament third round match-up that saw Virginia prevail, 3-1, on the way to a national semifinal appearance.

• The very first meeting was held at a neutral site on Oct. 3, 1981 as Virginia came away with a 2-0 victory in Akron, Ohio.

NEWCOMERS MAKE MARQUETTE DEBUTS
• Six Golden Eagles made their Marquette debut vs. Kentucky on Aug. 25, including three freshmen and three transfers, with five earning starting assignments. Freshmen defenders Manuel Cukaj and Brendan Skinner started at center back, while fellow freshman and midfielder Christian Albelo came off the bench. Senior transfer Brody Kraussel (Loyola-Chicago) and junior transfer Grant Owens (Saint Louis) started up top with junior transfer Steffen Böhm (FIU) earning a start at right back.

• Freshman forward Tode Atlija has made consecutive starts following his career debut vs. New Mexico, while redshirt freshman Jordan Palmer has appeared twice. Graduate transfer Jason Davis came off the bench vs. Saint Louis to make his Marquette debut with a pair of shots on target in 65 minutes of action.

Keep up with the Marquette men's soccer program through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteSoccer) and `liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteSoccer).


 

 

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