Marquette Takes On Wisconsin Wednesday in Madison

Wednesday's match between Marquette and Wisconsin marks the 50th meeting all-time between the two in-state rivals.

Sept. 27, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- On Wednesday the Marquette University men's soccer team will travel to in-state rival Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. Central time match at McClimon Complex. Both MU and the Badgers are unbeaten in their last three contests.

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KEY STORYLINES
• Wednesday's match at Wisconsin marks the 50th time that these two schools have gone head-to-head going back to MU's first year of men's soccer in 1964.

• Marquette comes into the rivalry match winners of two straight matches and the Golden Eagles are unbeaten in the last three after a 1-4-0 start to the 2011 season.

• MU came from behind twice to win 3-2 at Syracuse on Saturday. In his second game as the starting striker, freshman C. Nortey scored the game-winner in the 88th minute and goalkeeper David Check had a career-high 12 saves.

• Wisconsin is 2-2 at McClimon Complex, including a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount and 1-0 win over Western Illinois. MU lost to WIU 1-0 in the Panther Invitational earlier this month.

• The Golden Eagles are 1-6-1 since 2003 against their in-state rivals from Madison. MU's only win during that span was last year's 1-0 shutout at Valley Fields. Marquette has not won at Wisconsin since 1997.

• UW is also unbeaten in its last three matches. Offensively, the Badgers are led by Tomislav Zadro with eight points (2g, 4a) and seven points by Joey Tennyson (3g, 1a).  UW keeper Ciro Martinez has posted two shutouts in five appearances.

• The Badgers received votes in the Sept. 27 NSCAA Great Lakes regional poll. UW was ranked 10th in the region in the previous poll.

GOLDEN EAGLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
C. Nortey is tied for first among all NCAA Div. I freshmen in goals scored (5) through the team's first eight games.

• GK David Check is ranked 4th in NCAA Division I in saves (49) and 5th in saves per game (7.0).

MARQUETTE vs. BIG TEN
• Wisconsin is the last of three Big Ten Conference opponents the Golden Eagles will face this season. MU has already taken points off of two Big Ten teams with 1-1 home draw against Michigan State and a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Michigan.

HISTORICAL COMEBACKS
• For the first time since the 2000 season, Marquette came from behind to win 2-1 in double-overtime at Michigan. Freshman Kelmend Islami scored the game winner in the final minute of extra time, assisted by goalkeeper David Check.

• In back-to-back fashion, the Golden Eagles followed up their win at Michigan with a 3-2 win at Syracuse in the BIG EAST opener on Sept. 24, in which MU had to come from behind twice. The rally was completed with a C. Nortey goal in the 88th minute.

ROAD WARRIORS
• Seven of MU's first nine fixtures on the 2011 ledger are played away from Valley Fields. The stretch concludes Wednesday at Wisconsin with MU coming into the contest 2-2 record on the road (1-1 neutral).

SUPER SOPHOMORES
• Only two Marquette players have started each match of the 2011 season for head coach Louis Bennett -- sophomores Paul Dillon and Bryan Ciesiulka. Dillon has played every minute of every contest at left outside back.

NORTEY'S FORTE
• Freshman striker C. Nortey has scored three goals in two matches since moving to striker from the MU midifield. What's even more impressive is his conversion percentage; the Ghanaian has scored a team-leading five goals on just 13 shots. Eight of those shots have been on frame.

• Nortey scored twice, including his first collegiate game-winner, in MU's come-from-behind win at Syracuse en route to collection multiple honors, including BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, College Soccer News Team of the Week and MU Student-Athlete of the Week accolades.

CAPTAIN'S CORNER
• Three players will wear the captain's arm band for the Golden Eagles at various points of the season, according to head coach Louis Bennett: Senior midfielder Calum Mallace, junior midfielder Ryan Robb and sophomore central defender Eric Pothast.

Eric Pothast becomes just the second sophomore in Louis Bennett's 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach to be tabbed a team captain. The only other sophomore to earn such an honor was current MU assistant coach Steve Bode when Bode played for Bennett while at Milwaukee.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
• Five countries other than the United States are represented on this year's roster -- Amilcar Herrera (Panama), Ryan Robb (England), Calum Mallace (Scotland), C. Nortey (Ghana) and Swedish newcomers Sebastian Jansson and Axel Sjoberg round out the MU players born outside the U.S.

• 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.

• Head coach Louis Bennett was raised in England before heading to the United States to start a professional indoor soccer career. Bennett is joined on the staff by volunteer assistant Marcelo Santos, who is from Brazil.


 

 

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