Marquette Soccer Heads to Villanova

Oct. 2, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 9
Marquette (3-3-2, 0-0-1 BIG EAST) at Villanova (5-3-0, 0-1-0 BIG EAST)
Date Saturday, Oct. 3 | 12:00 p.m. CT
Location Higgins Soccer Complex | Villanova, Pa.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team jumps back into BIG EAST Conference action this Saturday, Oct. 3, with a meeting at Villanova - the team’s second straight league game on the road to start the year.

The Last Meeting
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October 18, 2014
Valley Fields
No. 7 Marquette Ties Villanova 1-1
Led by a late equalizing goal by Louis Bennett II, the No. 7 Marquette University men's soccer team (7-3-1, 1-1-1 BIG EAST) tied with Villanova 1-1 (2OT) with Villanova (6-5-2, 1-2-1) Saturday night at Valley Fields.

• The Golden Eagles are coming off a 4-2 setback to No. 7 Notre Dame on Tuesday. MU held a 2-1 lead after C. Nortey’s 28th-career goal in the 67th minute, but ND rallied for three goals in the final 16-plus minutes to take the victory.

• Saturday’s showdown with Villanova will mark the fourth meeting all-time between both teams. The series is currently tied 1-1-1 with Marquette unbeaten in the last two meetings, including a 1-0 overtime win in Philadelphia in 2013, followed by a 1-1 draw in Milwaukee last October.

• The Golden Eagles are looking to snap a three-match winless drought while trying to remain unbeaten in league play following a scoreless draw to St. John’s in the league opener on the road back on Sept. 26.

C. Nortey moved into a tie for sixth place all-time in the Marquette record books with his 28th career goal against Notre Dame. He also moved into a tie for 10th on the career points list with 64.


SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Villanova enters Saturday’s league match-up with Marquette sporting a 5-3-0 overall mark and coming off a 2-0 non-conference win over La Salle last time out. The Wildcats started the year with three straight wins over Albany, Drexel and Deleware. They then dropped three of their four, including their lone BIG EAST match-up on the road against Butler, 3-0, before bouncing back against La Salle.

• Despite being outshot, 15-13, ‘Nova was able to beat La Salle, 2-0, on the road behind second-half goals from seniors Sean Sheridan in the 65th minute and Colton Bryant in the 76th. Will Steiner made four saves to register his second shutout of the season.

• The Wildcats were picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll after an 8-8-3 (3-4-2 BE) record in 2014. ‘Nova lost its top-two scorers from a season ago, but is averaging nearly two goals per game in 2015 and is just three wins shy of last year’s win total.

• Leading the way for the Wildcats offensively has been Padraic McCullaugh, who has four goals and three assists for 11 points. In 2014, he didn’t register a single point in eight appearances. Sean Sheridan (3 goals, 1 assist) and Max Kroschwitz (2 goals, 3 assists) are tied for second on the team with seven points.

• In net, Will Steiner has received all eight starts with a 1.60 goals against average and a .723 save percentage to go along with 34 saves and two shutouts.


UP NEXT
• Marquette will close our a four-game road swing when it takes on Wisconsin Wednesday, Oct. 7. Kickoff against the Badgers is set for 7 p.m. Central time in Madison.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles kept up with No. 7 Notre Dame last time out, taking two separate one-goal leads in the contest before the Irish rallied for a 4-2 win on their home pitch.

David Selvaggi put MU on the board first with a goal in the 7th minute, rewarding an offense that established the tempo and applied pressure early on. C. Nortey then broke a 1-1 tie with his score in the 67th minute and it felt as if MU could hold on for the upset, but ND would score three times in the 74th, 80th and 89th minutes to take home the win.

• The Irish held a 17-14 advantage in shots, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. Nortey finished with a goal, an assist and a team-high four shots, including three on target.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. VILLANOVA
• Marquette and Villanova meet for the fourth time with the all-time series currently tied at 1-1-1.

• Both teams first met back in 2007 with the Wildcats taking a narrow 1-0 win at home. The Golden Eagles evened the series with a 1-0 overtime win on the road in 2013 and then both sides played to a 1-1 draw in the first-ever meeting in Milwaukee last October.

• Last year’s meeting saw a dramatic finish with Louis Bennett II netting the tying goal with a minute remaining in regulation after Hayden Harr put ‘Nova on the board in the 17th minute. Neither team scored in overtime and MU finished the game with a 24-13 edge in shots and a 16-6 advantage in corner kicks.


Ruben Sanchez NAMED BIG EAST DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
• Freshman Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Ill.) was honored for his outstanding efforts in helping keep St. John’s off the board in a scoreless draw to open BIG EAST play as the league named him Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29.

• The center back has stepped up to fill a needed role after injuries to others have forced him out of his natural midfield position. With the exception of the season opener at Oregon State, Sanchez has started every game at the center back position.


MARQUETTE EARNS NSCAA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD
• For the seventh straight year the men’s soccer program was honored with a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic awards list, ranking third among BIG EAST programs with a 3.37 team GPA.

• Marquette was one of 217 institutions across all divisions to have both their men’s and women’s teams recognized for this award - the seventh straight time MU has accomplished that feat.


BIG EAST AMONG NATION’S ELITE CONFERENCES
• The BIG EAST Conference featured four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 preseason poll, including Georgetown at No. 3, Creighton at No. 6, Providence at No. 7 and Xavier at No. 19.

• Currently, Creighton leads the way with a No. 1 ranking in every major poll, including College Soccer News, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America, while Georgtown, Xavier and Butler are also featured in this week’s listings.


NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT
• Four out of the six newcomers made appearances in the season opener against Oregon State with Luis Barraza getting the start in net. He made eight saves in his debut and has started every game since.

• Fellow freshman Ruben Sanchez has made five starts, filling in for injured redshirt freshman Danny Jarosz, while freshman Jesper Larsson (1 goal, 1 assist) and Toby Howell have also seen significant playing time off the bench.

• Marquette boasted yet another Top-15 recruiting class in 2015 according to Top Drawer Soccer - their third Top-15 class in as many years.

• This year’s freshman class includes: Luis Barraza (Santa Teresa, New Mexico), Toby Howell (Bradenton, Florida), Jesper Larsson (Falkenburg, Sweden), Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Illinois), Ben Tweedie (Naples, Florida), and Kees Westra (Monroe, Washington).

• Sanchez (midfielder) and Westra (defender) ranked among the IMG Academy’s Top-75 recruits coming out of high school, while Barraza (goalkeeper) led Real Salt Lake-Arizona to the U.S. Development Academy championship this past summer.


 

 

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