Marquette Travels To Syracuse For BIG EAST Opener
Sept. 23, 2011
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).
FOLLOW LIVE GAME ACTION
• Live stats are also available in real time through the SU Athletics website, suathletics.com. CBS Sports’ Gametracker will not be available.
• 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.
• 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.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
• 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.
GOLDEN EAGLES ON TV
• 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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