Marquette Soccer Heads to St. John's For BIG EAST Opener
Sept. 24, 2015
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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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