Men's Soccer Set To Host Loyola Chicago Saturday

Louis Bennett II is one of three freshmen leading the Golden Eagles in points through the team's first six matches.

Sept. 20, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team will host the Ramblers of Loyola Chicago at Valley Fields this Saturday, Sept. 21 following the MU women's soccer match. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Central time.

Saturday night is "$1 Days" at The Valley. Hot dogs, chips and soda are just one buck, while they last. Also, all fans in attendance will have a chance to win a Marquette Soccer ball signed by the men's soccer team.

Key Storylines
• Marquette (3-2-1) looks to rebound following a 2-0 home loss last Sunday against Michigan State which snapped the Golden Eagles' 14-game unbeaten streak on the grass pitch at Valley Fields. It was MU's first loss since the regular-season opener and snapped a three-game winning streak.

• The Ramblers of Loyola Chicago (3-2-0) had a three match-winning streak of their own halted with a 1-0 loss against Northern Kentucky their last time out. After an 0-2-0 start to their season, the Ramblers rattled off three straight victories with wins over Grand Canyon (W, 1-0), IPFW (W, 1-0) and Eastern Illinois (W, 3-0).

• Saturday's contest marks the first match of the season under the lights at Valley Fields for the Golden Eagles. It is also their last non-conference test before traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio next weekend for the BIG EAST Conference opener against Xavier, one of three newcomers (Butler, Creighton) to the 10-team league.

• Loyola Chicago will be seeking their first win over Marquette in a series that dates back to 1968. (See "Series History" below)

• The Ramblers travel to Milwaukee for the fourth game of their current five-game stretch away from home. Loyola Chicago is 2-1-0 on the road this season; the Ramblers lone road loss was a 5-2 setback at Michigan.

About the Marquette Golden Eagles (3-2-1, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Louis Bennett is in his eighth year as head coach at Marquette. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 16-4-1 overall mark in 2012. MU welcomed a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2013 while returning nine starters and a number of key reserves from last year's squad.

• Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by freshmen Coco Navarro, Jake Taylor, Louis Bennett II and redshirt sophomore C. Nortey with two goals apiece. Taylor, a defender, is part of an MU backline that has registered a combined 14 points on offense.

• Marquette's goal production has come without the services of All-American attacking midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka. The senior co-captain suffered a concussion in the season-opener at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has missed the last five matches.

Scouting the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (3-2-0, 0-0-0 Missouri Valley)
• Neil Jones in is his first season as head coach at Loyola Chicago, inheriting seven returning players from last year's squad that finished 5-12-2 overall. The Ramblers have made the switch from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013. Senior forward Erik Nock leads the offensive unit with 10 points on a team-best four goals and two assists. Sophomore Tim Dobrowolski has played every minute in goal and owns a 1.40 goals against average with a pair of shutouts.

Valley Fields Stadium Project Nearing Completion
• Capacity for home men's and women's soccer matches at Valley Fields this fall is capped at 500 fans until the ongoing stadium project is finished in early October. The new bleachers will hold up to 1,500 people with 500 chairbacks and will also feature a press box and built-in concessions area. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the next home men's soccer game when the Golden Eagles host Butler in the BIG EAST Conference home opener on Oct. 9.

Series History
• While the Golden Eagles have played Loyola Chicago in each of the previous two preseasons, Saturday's game is the first regular-season contest against the Ramblers since the 2006 campaign. The two sides played to a 2-2 draw in their first-ever meeting on Oct. 19, 1968; Marquette has since won 12 straight against Loyola Chicago, outscoring the Ramblers by a combined margin of 17-2 in the last six match-ups.

Marquette's Last Time Out
• The Golden Eagles out-shot Michigan State 16-3 in the second half and boasted an 11-1 advantage on corner kicks, but was held scoreless for the first time in regular-season play on their home pitch in nearly two years in a 2-0 loss to the Spartans last Sunday at Valley Fields.




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