Men's Soccer Kicks Off BIG EAST Play Saturday
Sept. 26, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team opens league play Saturday night against BIG EAST Conference newcomer Xavier. Kickoff against the Musketeers is set for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET) at Xavier University Soccer Complex in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Catch Saturday's action live courtesy of a free video stream produced by GoXavier.com.
Marquette (4-2-1) got back on the winning track with a convincing 3-0 shutout over Loyola Chicago last Saturday in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last five matches while out-scoring their opponents by a combined margin of 11-3 over that stretch.
Xavier (3-3-2) is unbeaten in its last five matches with three wins and a pair of draws after three consecutive losses to open the season. The Muskeeteers are coming off a 1-0 win at cross-town rival Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
MU's trip to Cincinnati to face Xavier this weekend marks the start of a season-long three-game road swing for the Golden Eagles, who'll travel next to in-state rival Wisconsin (Oct. 2) and Villanova (Oct. 5) before returning home to host Butler on Oct. 9.
Marquette is 3-3-2 all-time in BIG EAST openers since joining the league in 2005. The Golden Eagles have gotten off to a fast start over the past few years, winning their first BIG EAST match-up in each of the last three seasons and are unbeaten in their last four. Marquette topped DePaul 5-0 in last year's league lidlifter at Valley Fields. MU's last loss to open a BIG EAST campaign was a 4-1 setback at then No. 5-ranked Notre Dame on Sept. 11, 2008.
About the Marquette Golden Eagles (4-2-1, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by freshman Louis Bennett II and redshirt sophomore C. Nortey with three goals apiece. Marquette's 15 goals through seven games ranks 15th in NCAA Division I entering this week and is first in the BIG EAST. MU's goal production has come without the services of All-American attacking midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka, who suffered a head injury in the season opener and has missed the last six matches.
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