No. 17 MU Seeks To Reclaim Milwaukee Cup

The Milwaukee Cup
Sept. 16, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The No. 17-ranked Marquette University men's soccer team faces cross-town rival University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee the 42nd Milwaukee Cup Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:05 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields.

The match will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, as well as on GoMarquette.com. TWC subscribers can catch the game on channel 1332HD / 32. Fans can also follow Marquette men's soccer on Twitter (@marquettesoccer) for real-time updates all season long.

This season marks the 42nd time Marquette (3-2-0) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-3-0) will go head-to-head for the highly coveted Milwaukee Cup trophy. While the results of the last six meetings are even at 3-3, the Panthers hold a 28-10-3 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to the 1973 season.

"This game has become very important for the community," said head coach Louis Bennett. "For us, I think it's become another game on our schedule and it's a game that we want to do well. Sometimes, as a team, you don't want to overinflate a game, but you've also got to give the game respect as you've got to give UWM respect."

The Milwaukee Cup match has been named one of the top-10 "Greatest Rivalries in Collegiate Soccer" by College Soccer News. The match traditionally draws some of the largest crowds in the Midwest. There were 2,089 fans in attendance at Valley Fields on Sept. 1, 2010 when the Panthers defeated MU 4-2; it was the largest crowd ever to see a men's soccer match at Valley Fields.

Marquette, ranked as high as No. 13 (TopDrawerSoccer.com) in the national polls, enters the Milwaukee Cup having won its last three games in a row, all of the shutout variety.

"We've been working really hard as a defensive unit, just keeping the ball out of the back of the net, prioritizing and making it hard for the attackers," said defender Axel Sjoberg. "We've been able to gel together even better the last couple of games and play well as a defensive unit and not just individually."

Redshirt junior David Selvaggi has scored the last three goals for MU, including two game-winners. His PK goal against Oregon State (Sept. 7) was all the Golden Eagles needed to secure a 1-0 win and the Milwaukee Panther Invitational title. The following game against Drake (Sept. 13), Selvaggi scored the two lone goals of the match as MU went on to win 2-0. The first goal of the match was a tap-in inside the six-yard box after a series of passes in the 64th minute and his second goal came in the 75th minute from another successful PK.

All-America candidate Charlie Lyon has registered three consecutive clean sheets, bringing his career total of 23 shutouts in goal just five behind the all-time program record of 28 by Jim Welch. The last time the MU defense allowed a goal was against Indiana on Aug. 31, elapsing nearly 329 minutes.

Milwaukee comes into the Milwaukee Cup with a 3-3-0 record on the season. The Panthers have dropped its last two matches, both against ranked opponents. Milwaukee fell 2-0 at No. 22 George Mason (Sept. 12) and 3-0 against No. 19 American (Sept. 14).

"The games against UWM are always really tough games and intense games," said Sjoberg. "It's a great atmosphere to play in, but for us it's just another game really and we treat it as such even though there's a rivalry and we expect Wednesday to be another great game."

Milwaukee and Marquette have faced three of the same opponents so far in 2014. Both programs played Oregon State and Gonzaga in the Panther Invitational, which Milwaukee hosted. As MU took home the title, Milwaukee lost 2-0 to Oregon State (Sept. 5) and defeated Gonzaga 2-1 (Sept. 7). Earlier in the season, Milwaukee traveled to Des Moines and took down Drake 2-0 (Aug. 31).

The men's soccer squad is looking to build on its 3-0-0 record at Valley Fields this season.

Marquette students who attended the women's match against Milwaukee on Sept. 11 will receive a MU Mini Megaphone by attending Wednesday's Milwaukee Cup match. To purchase tickets, visit GoMarquette.com or call the ticket office at 414-288-GOMU. As always, Marquette students with a valid MU ID receive free admission.

 

 

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