Sept. 28, 2012
Gametracker | MU-PC Notes (pdf)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- No. 10/7 Marquette (9-0-0, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) travels to Providence to open the Blue Division portion of its BIG EAST Conference schedule Saturday against the Friars (2-5-1, 0-1-0). Kickoff is set for noon Central time (1 p.m. ET).
It's the second trip to Rhode Island in two years for the Golden Eagles, who defeated then No. 22-ranked Providence 3-1 at Glay Field last season. Marquette, which won its first BIG EAST Blue Division title last season, currently sits atop the table after knocking off DePaul 5-0 in the league opener last Saturday at Valley Fields.
The Last Meeting
October 8, 2011
Broadcast Note: Live audio will not be available for Saturday's match. Follow along with Gametracker on GoMarquette.com. Follow @marquettesoccer on Twitter for in-game updates. The next WMUR Marquette Radio broadcast will be Oct. 6, when MU hosts Connecticut.
Marquette Golden Eagles (9-0-0, 1-0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette extended the nation's second-longest regular season win streak to 10 games with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Wisconsin. Senior Andy Huftalin scored the golden goal in the 108th minute against the Badgers as MU concluded its in-state slate at 3-0-0. The Golden Eagles are 17-3-1 in their last 21 matches. Series history: Providence leads 5-1-0.
Providence Friars (2-5-1, 0-1-0 BIG EAST)
Providence is led by first-year head coach Craig Stewart and the return of four of its five top scorers from last year's team, including leading scorer Marcos Ugarte and Preseason All-BIG EAST performer Marc Cintron. The Friars are 1-1-1 at home this season, and are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss in their BIG EAST opener against No. 22 USF.
All-Time Series History
Providence leads the all-time series against Marquette, 5-1-0. The Golden Eagles only win over the Friars came on the road, a 3-1 decision in 2011 over then No. 22-ranked Providence. MU is 1-2-0 all-time at Glay Field. Providence won the team's first five meetings by a combined score of 7-0 in a series that dates back to 2006, Marquette's first season as a member of the BIG EAST.
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.
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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 nine games of the season, nine different MU players have found the back of the net, which includes six multiple-goal scorers led by senior Andy Huftalin's four goals. Entering the week ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in assists (19), the Golden Eagles have out-scored their opponents by a margin of 21-5 this 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 nine games.
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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.