Marquette Soccer Travels to No. 14 Notre Dame Tuesday
Sept. 28, 2015
• The Golden Eagles are coming off a 0-0 draw at St. John’s on Saturday, which marked the start of BIG EAST Conference play. MU fired off a season-high 20 shots, which was the most in 13 matches dating back to last season. It was also MU’s second shutout in the past three games.
• Tuesday’s match-up marks the 11th meeting in the last 11 years between the Golden Eagles and Fighting Irish. The two teams have met at least once in each season dating back to 2005 with the exception of the 2013 season. Both teams met in the 2014 season opener that saw ND come away with a 2-1 victory at a neutral site in Bloomington, Indiana.
• Marquette is looking for its first win against the Irish since a 1-0 win at home back in 2011.
• Freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza recorded his second career shutout in just his seventh career start last time out. He made four saves in the scoreless draw at St. John’s on Saturday.
• In that last meeting with the Cavaliers, ND got on the board first with Mark Gormley’s goal in the 36th minute. Leading 1-0 in the 71st minute, UVA’s Riggs Lennon was given his second yellow card and the Cavaliers fell a man down. ND’s Evan Panken and Connor Klekota would score in the 78th and 81st minutes, respectively en route to a 3-1 win.
• ND is averaging nearly two goals per game. Sophomore Jon Gallagher leads the Irish with 11 points on five goals and an assist, while seniors Connor Klekota (2 goals, 1 assist) and Evan Panken (1 goal, 3 assists) are each tied with five points.
• In net, junior Chris Hubbard has started every game and sports a 0.64 goals against average with an .812 save percentage to go along with five solo shutouts and one combined clean sheet.
• The Irish went 12-5-4 and won the ACC crown in their 2014 national title defense season, but it ended with a loss to eventual champion Virginia in the round of 16. ND returned six starters and was picked to finish fifth in the ACC in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
• Marquette earned numerous scoring chances, totaling 20 shots in the match, including putting 10 on target. The best chance came 3 minutes into the first overtime when senior David Selvaggi directed a header to the inside left post. With the goalie out of position, it looked be the game-winner for certain, but a St. John’s defender was there to clear it off the back line to preserve the draw.
• MU outshot St. John’s 20-10 in the match and limited the Red Storm to just four shots on target, none that gave freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza any trouble as he picked up his second shutout in three weeks.
• This is the 11th meeting over the past 11 seasons between both teams, which have met in each season during that stretch except for 2013.
• Last year, both sides matched up in the season opener at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic where defending national champions ND came away with a narrow 2-1 win. MU, ranked No. 12 at the time, found the scoreboard first with C. Nortey connecting in the 9th minute. Then top ranked-ND would answer back with goals in the 28th and 66th minutes to take the game.
• Marquette’s last win in the series came back on Oct. 12, 2011 when the Golden Eagles knocked off then-No. 12 ND by a 1-0 result at Valley Fields. The lone goal from Sebastian Jansson was his first career goal and it came in the 16th minute.
• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have registered five shutouts over that span with a goal differential of 10-2, including four straight clean sheets following the win over the Red Storm.
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