Sept. 25, 2012
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MILWAUKEE – No. 7 Marquette University will host the Wisconsin Badgers in a non-conference men’s soccer match Wednesday night (7:05 p.m. CT) at Valley Fields as the Golden Eagles (8-0-0) go for their ninth consecutive win to open the 2012 season. The match will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports32.
Tickets & Match Promos
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and can be picked up at the gate or by calling the Marquette Ticket Office 414-288-GOMU. It is “Wisconsin Youth Soccer Night.” Wear your team jersey to receive two-for-one admission and get your group photo taken on the filed after the match. It’s also “We Are Marquette Night.” Students who turn in a Wisconsin Badgers t-shirt will receive a free Marquette t-shirt at the gate.
Listen Live on WMUR Marquette Radio
Wednesday’s much-anticipated rivalry match versus Wisconsin 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/
Marquette Golden Eagles (8-0-0, 1-0-0 BIG EAST)
Coming off a convincing 5-0 shutout over DePaul in the BIG EAST Conference opener this past Saturday, Marquette is one of three perfect teams in NCAA Division I (High Point, Cornell) going into Wednesday’s in-state rivalry game and boasts the nation’s second-longest regular-season win streak. The Golden Eagles are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games and have not dropped a regular-season match since a 3-0 setback at No. 5/2 Connecticut on Oct. 26, 2011.
Wisconsin Badgers (2-3-3, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
Wisconsin returns 16 letter winners from last year's team that finished 10-8-2 (4-2 Big Ten). The Badgers return sophomore defender AJ Cochran, who was a unanimous All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection last season, as well as junior forward Chris Prince, an All-Big Ten Second Team selection. Wisconsin is coming off a tough 1-0 loss in their Big Ten Conference opener against Penn State. Freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau saw his shutout streak of 304 minutes come to an end against the Nittany Lions.
All-Time Series History
Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Marquette, 27-13-11, going back to the 1964 season. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw last season in Madison, Wis., while Marquette defeated the Badgers by a final score of 1-0 on Sept. 28, 2010 in front of 1,043 fans the last time MU hosted Wisconsin at The Valley.
Golden Eagles Continue Ascent in National Rankings
Marquette climbed to No. 7 in the latest Soccer America rankings, the program’s highest national ranking ever. MU also moved up four spots in both the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and College Soccer News rankings to No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. The Golden Eagles also checked in at No. 10 this week, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. In addition, Marquette (No. 2) jumped ahead of Notre Dame in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll, behind top-ranked Akron.
Versatility on the Attack
Five different players scored in the first 35 minutes of Marquette’s 5-0 win over DePaul in the 2012 BIG EAST opener, continuing the trend of goals-by-committee. Through the first eight games of the season, nine different MU players have found the back of the net, which includes six multiple-goal scorers led by Adam Lysak, Eric Pothast, Axel Sjoberg and Andy Huftalin with three goals apiece. The Golden Eagles have now out-scored their opponents by a margin of 16-2 in the team’s last seven contests. Additionally, MU entered the week ranked ninth in NCAA Division I with 19 assists on the season.
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 five shutouts through the team’s first eight games.
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.
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.