Marquette Hosts Nationally Ranked NIU Tuesday
Oct. 3, 2011
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University (4-4-2) will face the nationally ranked Northern Illinois Huskies (7-2-0) Tuesday at Valley Fields in the Golden Eagles' final non-conference men's soccer match of the 2011 regular season.
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Brian Ciesiulka scored his first goal of the season in the 14th minute and the Scarlet Knights had an own goal midway through the first half. MU goalkeeper David Check had four saves en route to his first clean sheet of 2011 and seventh of his career.
MU is 2-0-0 in conference play for the first time since 2003 and first time since joining the BIG EAST (2005). This week the Golden Eagles will host Northern Illinois on Tuesday before traveling to Providence for their first Blue Division match up on Saturday.
Marquette is one of four BIG EAST teams that is unbeaten in conference play and one of three teams with a perfect 2-0-0 league record heading into this week. The Golden Eagles have the third-longest unbeaten streak in the conference behind UConn and Georgetown.
* MU is 12-8-2 all-time against NIU in a series that dates back to 1966. The Golden Eagles have collected wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings. The last time a Marquette squad faced the Huskies in the regular season was back in 1996.
NIU fell to Buffalo 2-1 in double-overtime on Saturday in the Huskies conference opener. Sophomore James Stevenson scored the Huskies' lone goal in the 72nd minute.
Marquette and Northern Illinois share similar opponents three times in 2011. The Huskies will face Western Michigan and Milwaukee later this season, while already having captured a 1-0 victory over Michigan on Sept. 4 in Ann Arbor.
The Huskies are 4-0-0 on the road this season and have collected shutouts in five of their seven victories.
Northern Illinois was ranked No. 18 in last week's NSCAA coaches' poll and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll.
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