Sept. 21, 2012
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MILWAUKEE -- No. 14/10 Marquette looks to extend the nation's second-longest regular season win streak Saturday, Sept. 22, when the Golden Eagles host DePaul in the BIG EAST Conference opener. Kick off at Valley Fields is set for 7:05 p.m. Central time.
Listen Live on WMUR Marquette Radio
Saturday's match versus DePaul will be broadcast live by WMUR Marquette Radio. The student-led radio station will again call a majority of MU men's soccer matches this fall with play-by-play voice Matt Trebby on the call. Listen live at: http://marquetteradio.org/listen/
Saturday is "Social Media Night" in addition to "Value Night at the Valley." Hot dogs, sodas and chips are $1. "Like" the MU Athletics Facebook page (facebook.com/muathletics) for more specials at the gate. Call 414-288-GOMU for ticket information.
Marquette Golden Eagles (7-0-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Defending BIG EAST Blue Division champion Marquette opens conference play Saturday riding the wave of its best start in the 48-year history of the men's soccer program at 7-0-0 to open the 2012 season. The Golden Eagles continued their winning ways this past weekend with a 2-1 come-from-behind home win over Michigan followed by a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Michigan State. Axel Sjoberg scored three of MU's four goals on the weekend, including both game-winners.
DePaul Blue Demons (2-4-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
DePaul is coming off a 2-1 loss at Ohio State on Friday, Sept. 14 and are 0-2-0 in road matches to open the season. The Blue Demons are led by sophomore midfielder Thiago Ganancio, who has scored three of the team’s six goals this season. DePaul defeated UIC 2-1 in the season opener, but then dropped its next three matches before picking up its second win on the season, a 2-1 decision vs. Loyola Chicago.
Axel Sjoberg Claims Multiple National Honors
Central defender Axel Sjoberg was named National Player of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com, College Soccer News and Soccer America, as well as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, for his part in both of Marquette's victories this past weekend in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. Sjoberg scored twice in the second half against Michigan as MU rallied from goal down to defeat the Wolverines 2-1 at Valley Fields. Sjoberg then netted the golden goal in the 108th minute of the Golden Eagles' 2-1 double-overtime win at Michigan State last Sunday.
For the first time in his collegiate career, Marquette senior midfielder Anthony Selvaggi will be on the same pitch as his brother, David Selvaggi, who is a forward for the Blue Demons.
Double-Overtime Victory a Turning Point for Golden Eagles
Since last year’s 2-1 double-overtime win at Michigan, defending BIG EAST division champion Marquette has gone 15-3-1 in its last 19 matches, including a perfect 7-0-0 start to the 2012 campaign.
• MU has won eight consecutive regular-season matches, which is the second-longest win streak in the country behind High Point (10) and tied with Blue Division rival Notre Dame.
• Marquette has not lost a regular-season or preseason match since its final road game of the 2011 season, a 3-0 setback at No. 5/2 Connecticut.
Perfect Start Garners National Recognition
Marquette cracked the top-10 for the first time ever this week, coming in at the No. 10 spot in the most recent Soccer America rankings. MU continued its ascent in all the national polls, moving up six spots to No. 15 in the College Soccer News rankings and five spots to No. 12 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. MU remained at No. 3 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region.
Golden Eagles on TV
Marquette’s home match on Wednesday, Sept. 26, vs. in-state rival Wisconsin will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT. It will be broadcast in the Milwaukee area and throughout Eastern Wisconsin on the regional sports network. Play-by-play announcer Matt Menzl and analyst Matt Schroeder will be on the call.
Versatility on the Attack
Six different MU players have found the back of the net this season, led by three goals apiece from junior midfielder Eric Pothast and redshirt freshman central defender Axel Sjoberg. In addition, Marquette has out-scored its opponents by a combined margin of 11-2 in its last six contests.
Young Defense Continues To Make Good First Impression
A trio of Marquette freshmen has stepped in to provide head coach Louis Bennett a steady backline, which also includes junior left back Paul Dillon. True freshmen Adam Hermsen and John Pothast have started every game at right back and central defender, respectively, as has redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg (central defender). Together, with redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon, the Golden Eagles’ defensive unit has posted four shutouts through the team’s first six games.
Follow Marquette Soccer on Facebook and Twitter
In addition to all the news, stats and scores that you’ll find on GoMarquette.com, fans of Marquette men’s soccer can follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/marquettesoccer) and on Twitter (@marquettesoccer). Get exclusive access behind the scenes and be up-to-date on the latest news of the day. In-game updates will also be provided in real time at Twitter.com/marquettesoccer for all home and away matches during the season.
Skills Zone Open for 2012 Season
Kids 12-and-under are invited to participate in the “Skills Zone” before every Marquette home match during the 2012 season. Get to The Valley early to participate in soccer skills stations with MU players & coaches. The “Skills Zone” opens one hour before the start of every men’s soccer home game.