Marquette Soccer Heads to St. John's For BIG EAST Opener

John Pothast
Sept. 24, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 7
Marquette (3-2-1) at St. John's (1-6-1)
Date Saturday, Sept. 26 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Location Belson Stadium | Queens, N.Y.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team will hit the road for the first of four straight matches away from Valley Fields, beginning with St. John’s in the BIG EAST opener Saturday in Queens. It’s the Golden Eagles first road match since a 1-1 draw to Milwaukee back on Sept. 4.

The Last Meeting
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October 11, 2014
Valley Fields
No. 8 Marquette Defeats St. John's 2-0
As the celebration of 50 years of Marquette University men's soccer continued Saturday night, the No. 8 Golden Eagles (7-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) defeated St. John's (4-5-3, 1-2-0), 2-0 at Valley Fields.

• Marquette is looking to bounce back after an unsettling 3-2 double-overtime setback to Northern Illinois last time out. St. John’s, meanwhile, is off to a 1-6-1 start following a 1-1 draw to Quinnipiac at home last time out.

• The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in their last three tries against the Red Storm, including a 2-0 win at home back on Oct. 11, 2014. MU is 2-2-1 all-time against SJU in a series dating back to 2005.

• Saturday will mark the seventh time in the last eight years that Marquette has opened BIG EAST play on the road. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 3-1-2 in road meetings, the lone loss coming to Notre Dame back in 2008. Last year’s league opener saw MU and Georgetown draw, 0-0, in Washington, D.C.

• Redshirt senior Kelmend Islami netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season against NIU, putting him two clear in that department over senior David Selvaggi, who also scored against NIU.


Marquette Men's Soccer Update: Sept. 24, 2015

Head coach Louis Bennett talks about the importance of the BIG EAST and the team's league opener against St. John's this Saturday. #MarquetteSoccer

Posted by Marquette University Men's Soccer on Thursday, September 24, 2015


SCOUTING THE RED STORM
• St. John’s is off to a 1-6-1 overall start to the 2015 season and coming off a 1-1 draw to Quinnipiac at home last time out. Their lone win came against Siena by a 1-0 score at home on Sept. 15.

• The Red Storm are in the midst of an eight-game home stand where they are 1-4-1 at Belson Stadium entering Saturday’s action against Marquette.

• SJU has struggled offensively through its first eight contests, averaging less than a goal per game. Freshman Filippo Ricupati leads the team with two goals and an assist on the year, followed by Mike Prosuk, Dela Agbotse and Gabriel Camara, who each have one goal apiece.

• In net, Jordan Stagmiller has gotten the majority of starts in net with five, but only slightly ahead of Andrew Withers. Both have combined for a 1.69 GAA with a .696 save percentage. Withers leads the Red Storm in both categories with a 1.34 GAA and .750 save percentage.

• St. John’s went 4-10-4 last season, including a 1-7-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Red Storm were picked to finish sixth right behind Marquette in the 2015 BIG EAST Preseason Poll thanks to a host of returners and a solid incoming class highlighted by Ricupati.

• The Red Storm were 1-4-1 at home against BIG EAST opponents a season ago and are winless in their last five home league contests. The last win was against Butler, 3-2 in double-overtime.


UP NEXT
• Marquette will remain on the road, next taking on No. 14 Notre Dame Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. Central time, followed by a BIG EAST match-up at Villanova Saturday, Oct. 3.


LAST TIME OUT
• Last Friday, Sept. 18, the Golden Eagles dropped a 3-2 double-overtime match-up to visiting Northern Illinois. Trailing 2-1 with under a minute to go in regulation, NIU’s Luke Read tied the game before Taylor Cole won it in the 102nd minute to steal his team a win on the road.

Kelmend Islami scored the game-tying goal in the 44th minute before David Selvaggi gave the Golden Eagles a slim lead in the 82nd minute. For MU, the loss was its first in five matches.

• Marquette led NIU in shots, 12-8, and both teams earned seven corner kicks apiece. Both keepers made one save, including freshman Luis Barraza, who has started every game for the Blue and Gold so far this season.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ST. JOHN’S
• Marquette and St. John’s will meet for the sixth time in the series that dates back to MU’s entrance into the BIG EAST Conference back in 2005. The series is currently tied at 2-2-1.

• The Golden Eagles evened the series in their last meeting with a 2-0 win at home on Oct. 11, 2014, and are unbeaten in the last three meetings overall (2-0-1).

• Three of the five meetings all-time have been played in Queens. Marquette is 1-1-1 in those three match-ups, including a 3-1 win in 2010 followed by a 0-0 draw in 2013.


GOLDEN EAGLES IN BIG EAST OPENERS
• Marquette has seen great success in BIG EAST Conference openers dating back to 2009 as it is 4-0-2 during that span with five of those matches being played on the road.

• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have registered four shutouts over that span with a goal differential of 10-2, including three straight clean sheets entering Saturday.

• Saturday’s 2015 opener at St. John’s will mark the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Marquette will begin its conference season on the road. They are 3-1-2 in those road match-ups dating back to 2008 and riding a five-match unbeaten streak.


MARQUETTE EARNS NSCAA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD
• For the seventh straight year the men’s soccer program was honored with a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic awards list, ranking third among BIG EAST programs with a 3.37 team GPA.

• Marquette was one of 217 institutions across all divisions to have both their men’s and women’s teams recognized for this award - the seventh straight time MU has accomplished that feat.


 

 

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