Golden Eagles Back In Action Friday At Michigan
Sept. 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Marquette (2-1-1) travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a match against the Michigan Wolverines (1-0-2) on Friday, Sept. 13 in the first of two games as part of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Central time at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Marquette is unbeaten in three matches against the Wolverines, including back-to-back victories, in a series that dates back to the start of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in 2010. Live stats will be available for Friday's match. There will be no live video or audio available.
The Golden Eagles have won two straight matches, capturing the 39th Panther Invitational title with a 3-0 win over Bowling Green last Friday and a 4-1 result Sunday against Drake. MU entered this week tied for third in NCAA Division I in goals scored (11) and has registered at least three goals in each of its last three matches.
Michigan goes into Friday's home match undefeated through its first three games of the season and is currently the No. 5-ranked team in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region. Marquette and the Wolverines are both receiving votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll and are ranked No. 12 and No. 16, respectively, in the latest College Sports Madness Top 25.
Head coach Louis Bennett's last trip to Ann Arbor (and MU's first-ever game at U-M Soccer Stadium) back in 2011 resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Golden Eagles as then-freshman Kelmend Islami netted the golden goal with 51 seconds remaining in double overtime off a goalkeeper assist from David Check. That win was a major turning point for the Golden Eagles. MU, which was 1-4-1 to start the 2011 campaign, has since boasted a 24-6-3 overall mark in the regular season.
Last year, Marquette erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of second-half goals by Axel Sjoberg as the Golden Eagles topped Michigan 2-1 at Valley Fields.
Marquette will return to Milwaukee to host Michigan State on Sunday, Sept. 15 (3:05 p.m. CT) at Valley Fields in the final leg of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.