Marquette Hosts UWM Wednesday in 44th Milwaukee Cup

Sept. 13, 2016

2016 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 6
Marquette (3-1-1) vs. Milwaukee (1-3-0)
Date Wednesday, Sept. 14 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team is unbeaten in its last four matches, while Milwaukee is in the midst of a three-match losing skid, but when it comes to the Milwaukee Cup, throw the records out the door. Time Warner Cable Sportschannel carries the 44th Annual Milwaukee Cup with Matt Menzl and Matt Schroeder on the call. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields.

KEY STORYLINES
• Marquette shoots for its first five-match unbeaten streak since stringing together eight consecutive unbeaten outings in 2014 when it plays host to UW-Milwaukee in the 44th Annual Milwaukee Cup.

The Last Meeting
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Marquette Soccer Retains Milwaukee Cup with 1-1 Draw
It was another Milwaukee Cup for the ages as the excitement played out to the final seconds and the Marquette University men's soccer team retained the hardware thanks to a Louis Bennett II tying goal in the 73rd minute in front of a packed house that broke the Engelmann Stadium record of 4,030 patrons.

• MU enters the polls this week, receiving votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll.

• Redshirt sophomore Danny Jarosz picked up his first career BIG EAST weekly award after being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 11. The centerback has solidified an MU backline that has a current 289-minute scoreless streak during the run of play. The Milwaukee native also chipped in his first career point with an assist of Connor Alba’s goal on Saturday.

• The Golden Eagles are looking to make it a three-match unbeaten streak against Milwaukee following a 2-0 home win in 2014 followed by last season’s 1-1 draw at Englemann Stadium. Including its thrilling 3-2 win at Valley Fields in 2012, MU is unbeaten in three of the last four meetings.

MILWAUKEE CUP HISTORY
• Last season’s 1-1 draw at Englemann Stadium had the tension and passion representative of a good old-fashioned derby and it was just the latest installment in the Milwaukee Cup series. Although UWM leads the all-time series, 28-11-4, most of their success came in the early years.

• The two sides have split the last 18 meetings, going 8-8-2. Marquette is unbeaten in three of the last four outings, including two straight. In 2014, MU prevailed 2-0 at Valley Fields before last season’s 1-1 draw thanks to a 73rd-minute game-tying strike by Louis Bennett II.

• Over the past 20 seasons on the sidelines of Milwaukee (1996-2005) and Marquette (2006-present), Louis Bennett-coached teams are 9-8-3 all-time in Milwaukee Cup games. As head coach of MU, Bennett is 4-4-2 against his former side.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• After defeating Eastern Illinois in the season opener, 2-1, Milwaukee (1-3-0) has dropped three straight, including a 1-0 setback to UIC in the Horizon League lidlifter on Saturday. The Panthers, picked to finish sixth in the preseason league poll, have been outscored 7-5 this season.

• Reid Stevenson and Kostas Kotselas each have two goals on the year, accounting for 80 percent of UWM’s scoring output this season. Francesco Saporito has a goal and three assists to lead the Panthers with five points entering play Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Oliver Haslund has received three of the team’s four starts in net and sports a 1-2 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .600 save percentage.

COMING UP NEXT
• Following Wednesday’s Milwaukee Cup match-up, the Golden Eagles will remain home to face St. John’s in the BIG EAST opener on Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields and will be the first of seven matches to be aired by the BIG EAST Digital Network in 2016.

LAST TIME OUT
• Marquette remained unbeaten in its last four matches after earning a 1-1 draw at Saint Louis on Saturday, Sept. 10, but the result stung a bit after Connor Alba’s 67th-minute goal put MU ahead 1-0. SLU entered the contest ranked No. 28 according to College Soccer News and were receiving votes in the latest NSCAA poll, but it needed an 87th-minute penalty kick to draw even with MU.

• The Golden Eagles controlled possession for much of the first half prior to a back-and-forth battle in the second 45 minutes. Both sides finished with 11 shots apiece, while Marquette held the 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Luis Barraza made four saves in the draw, as did his counterpart, including one spectacular diving stop in the first overtime that helped preserve the draw for MU.

GOLDEN EAGLES DOMINANT DURING STREAK
• During MU’s current four-match unbeaten streak, the Golden Eagles have outscored opponents 13-3. They are outshooting the opposition 55-39 with more than six of those landing on target per match as compared to opponents averaging only three shots on target during the streak.

• As a unit, the defense has gelled quickly. It features a pair of veteran central defenders, redshirt senior John Pothast and redshirt sophomore Danny Jarosz, along with rookie outside backs Patrick Seagrist and Anton von Hofacker, playing in front of goalkeepers Mac Wheeler and Luis Barraza. Limiting shots on target has been essential during the streak as opponents have landed just 12 total shots on frame and scored just three times with two of those scores coming via penalties.

• Entering Wednesday’s match against Milwaukee, MU has not allowed a goal in the run of play for over 289 minutes, dating back to a first-minute score by UIC on Sept. 2.

BIG EAST HAS BLISTERING WEEK
• The BIG EAST Conference is recognized as one of the top league’s in the country and over the weekend the New York-based league put together an impressive run of results. From Thursday, Sept. 8 through Monday, Sept. 12, BIG EAST teams were 13-0-2 overall. Butler remains the last unbeaten team in the league at 4-0-1. Six of the 10 teams in all have current unbeaten streaks of three games or more, including Marquette at 3-0-1 in its last four. Providence is sporting four straight victories, while DePaul is 3-0-1 in its last four as well.


FRESHMAN PHENOM Luka Prpa HAS ARRIVED
• The freshman from Wind Lake, Wisconsin entered the season with the hype that comes along with being the highest-touted recruit in MU history and has lived up to the billing. Prpa has 15 points on five goals and five assists in his first five matches with the Blue & Gold, but saw his three-match points and goals streak come to an end at Saint Louis.

• Prpa was the first MU player in program history to register back-to-back six-point efforts, doing so in wins over NIU (Aug. 29) and UIC (Sept. 2). He was awarded National Player of the Week by the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer, while also being included in three National Team of the Week listings.

FRESH FACES FILL THE SCORESHEET
• Through five matches, MU newcomers have accounted for 27 of the team’s 38 points, including 10 of 12 goals scored, led by Luka Prpa’s 15 points on five goals and five assists.

• In the 4-0 win over NIU, three Marquette freshmen accounted for all four goals and 10 of the 11 points collected – the most points accounted for by a group of MU freshmen in a single game since Louis Bennett took over as head coach in 2006.

Jan Maertins and Connor Alba scored their first career tallies, while Luka Prpa registered two goals and two assists. Prpa’s six-point effort was the most by a freshman in a single match since C. Nortey tallied six points with a hat trick in a win over Seton Hall back on Oct. 22, 2011.


 

 

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