Men's Soccer
Men's Soccer Seeks First BIG EAST Win Sunday at DePaul

Amilcar Herrera

Amilcar Herrera

Sept. 19, 2009

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GAME CAPSULE

Marquette vs. DePaul
Sunday, Sept. 20 (4 p.m. CT)
Wish Field: Chicago, Ill.

Series Information:
Marquette leads all-time series, 22-2-1

Marquette Television/Radio:
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Live Stats:
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FOR STARTERS
The Marquette University men's soccer team continues BIG EAST Conference action Sunday when the Golden Eagles (1-3-1, 0-0-1 BIG EAST) continue on the road to take on DePaul (3-3-0, 0-1-0 BIG EAST). Kick off is set for 4 p.m. at Wish Field.

MU is coming off a 1-1 draw at fifth-ranked USF on Friday, while the Blue Demons fell to Notre Dame, 2-1, after winning the Marquette Invitational the previous weekend with wins over No. 9 UC Irvine and Buffalo.

KEY STORYLINES

DePaul is receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA/adidas top-25 poll. Despite playing in the same conference and seperated by a mere 90-mile stretch of I-94, Sunday’s match at Wish Field will be the first time Marquette has gone head-to-head with DePaul since the 2006 season. The Blue Demons have played in each of the last two Marquette Invitationals, winning this year’s tournament with wins over UC Irvine (W, 3-2) and Buffalo (W, 5-1).

WINDY CITY FLAVOR
Sunday's match at DePaul will be a bit of a homecoming for many of the Marquette players. Currently, there are nine Golden Eagles that hail from the Chicagoland area. They include: Matt Pyzdrowski (Hinsdale, Ill.); Andre Krynski and Greg Pignataro (Algonquin, Ill.); Ben Calvopina and Matt Leonard (Palatine, Ill.); Anthony Colaizzi (Gurnee, Ill.); Tom Lynn (Libertyville, Ill.); Anthony Selvaggi (Emhurst, Ill.); Matt Stummer (Woodridge, Ill.).

VON RUEDEN'S STREAK TO END
Marquette will be without senior defender Billy Von Rueden, who picked up a pair of yellow cards Friday at DePaul. Von Rueden has started 44 consecutive matches and had only missed one game in his career.

SERIES HISTORY
Marquette boasts a 22-2-1 all-time record over DePaul, but has dropped its last two matches to the Blue Demons, including a 2-0 loss at Valley Fields in 2006 and a 2-1 overtime loss in Chicago back in 2004. These two squads first met in 1982. MU won that match by a final tally of 5-0 and proceeded to win its next 13 matches over the Blue Demons.

LAST TIME OUT
MU battled No. 5/9 USF to a 1-1 draw in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both squads Friday, Sept. 18, in Tampa, Fla. USF took the lead in the 30th minute, but  Marquette freshman Adam Lysak tallied the equalizer in the 57th minute after collecting the rebound off a shot by teammate Amilcar Herrera that hit the left post. It was Lysak’s first collegiate game after missing the first five weeks of the season due to injury. USF had a chance to put the game away with 45 seconds remaining in regulation when the Bulls were awarded a penalty kick, but the PK attempt was missed wide right. USF out-shot MU by a margin of 27-18, while shots on goal were even at 10 apiece.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Prior to Friday’s match at USF, Marquette’s only goal in it’s first four games this season came off a free kick from sophomore Calum Mallace in the Golden Eagles’ 1-0 season-opening victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mallace entered the week leading the BIG EAST in shots per game (4.50), including eight shots on goal. Additionally, MU led the league in corner kicks per game (10.25) and had a team season-high 19 corners in an early-season loss to Buffalo on Sept. 13.


 

 

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