Marquette Travels To Syracuse For BIG EAST Opener

Bryan Ciesiulka (above) and Paul Dillon are the only two MU players to start all seven matches this season.

Sept. 23, 2011

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For the first time in over six years, the Marquette University men's soccer team travels to Syracuse University for the 2011 BIG EAST Conference opener Saturday against the Orange.

The cross-divisional match up between the Golden Eagles (2-4-1, 0-0-0 BIG EAST) and Syracuse (2-4-0, 0-0-0) is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET).

• Listen to the match live via streaming audio on, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio. Bookmark on your Internet web browser for quick access.

• Live stats are also available in real time through the SU Athletics website, CBS Sports’ Gametracker will not be available.

• Saturday marks the 2011 BIG EAST Conference season opener for both Marquette and Syracuse. There are 10 other cross-divisional BIG EAST matches on the slate for this weekend.

• Marquette travels to Syracuse, N.Y., for the first time since 2005, the Golden Eagles’ first year as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, and the first time in the Louis Bennett-era. SU leads the all-time series 2-1-1.

Calum Mallace scored twice and Paul Dillon notched his first collegiate goal in Marquette’s 3-0 decision over the Orange last year at Valley Fields.

• The Golden Eagles won their 2010 conference opener at Rutgers, 1-0. Chris Madsen scored the match’s lone goal on a diving header in the 59th minute and the first of two straight shutouts for goalkeeper David Check.

• Head coach Louis Bennett’s squad is coming off a 2-1 double-overtime victory at  Michigan 2-1 this past Sunday. Freshman Kelmend Islami netted the game-winner, his first collegiate goal, off a drop-kick pass from keeper David Check in the 110th minute. Fellow newcomer C. Nortey also scored for the Golden Eagles. It was the freshman’s team-leading third goal of the season.

• SU lost a pair of 2-1 games against Cal Poly and No. 16/23 New Mexico, respectively, in the Akron Tournament in Akron, Ohio. Jordan Murrell and Nick Roydhouse were both named to the all-tournament team.

• Both of Syracuse’s wins this season have come at home.  Nick Roydhouse leads the Orange with two goals and one assist through six matches. Goalkeeper Phil Boerger has started every game in net this season and has posted a 1.46 GAA.

• Only two Marquette players have started each match of the 2011 season for head coach Louis Bennett -- sophomores Paul Dillon and Bryan Ciesiulka. Dillon has played every minute of every contest at left outside back.

• Five countries other than the United States are represented on this year’s roster -- Amilcar Herrera (Panama), Ryan Robb (England), Calum Mallace (Scotland), C. Nortey (Ghana) and Swedish newcomers Sebastian Jansson and Axel Sjoberg round out the MU players born outside the U.S.

• Freshman C. Nortey came to the United States to attend prep school on scholarship at the prestigious Hotchkiss School (Conn.) as part of the “Right to Dream” program, which originated in his home country of Ghana.

• Senior Calum Mallace, who immigrated with his family from Torphichen, Scotland, became a dual citizen of the United States this past summer.

• Marquette returns to television in 2011 with two regionally televised games scheduled to be broadcast on local cable network Time Warner Cable Sports32 (see “2011 schedule/results” on pg. 1).

• Televised matches include a rematch of last year’s 2010 BIG EAST Quarterfinal game between Marquette and Notre Dame on Oct. 12, 2011, at Valley Fields in addition to the Oct. 19 home contest vs. Georgetown.

• The Golden Eagles have played in a total of 14 televised matches since the beginning of the 2007 season.




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