Golden Eagles Return To BIG EAST Action Saturday

Dennis Holowaty

Oct. 4, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team returns to BIG EAST Conference action Saturday, Oct. 5 at Villanova in the first match against the Wildcats in more than six years. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Central time at the Villanova Soccer Complex.

Live video streaming will not be available Saturday, but fans will be able to follow live stats on Gametracker.

Key Storylines
• Marquette (5-3-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST), which is coming off a 1-0 loss against in-state rival Wisconsin, concludes its season-long three-game road swing Saturday at Villanova. The Golden Eagles have won two of their last three matches, including a 1-0 victory over conference foe Xavier in the BIG EAST opener Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Last Meeting
September 21, 2007
Philadephia, Pa.
Marquette Falls 1-0 To Villanova In BIG EAST Action
The Marquette University men's soccer team (1-4-1, 0-2-0 BIG EAST) deserved a better fate than its 1-0 setback at Villanova Friday afternoon in BIG EAST action, but the Golden Eagles were unable to take advantage of several quality scoring opportunities in the second half.

• Saturday's action against the Villanova Wildcats (4-4-1, 0-1-0 BIG EAST) marks only the second meeting between the programs, with the first matchup coming in 2007 when Marquette fell 1-0 on the road. MU out-shot the Wildcats 14-3 in the second half of the matchup, including a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal.
• Marquette's C. Nortey and Villanova's Oscar Umar, both natives of Accra, Ghana, are graduates of the "Right to Dream" Academy in Ghana. Nortey and his former "Right to Dream" teammate Umar have both started all nine contests for their respective squads this season. Nortey is Marquette's leading point-getter and Umar has totaled three assists for the Wildcats.
• The Wildcats (4-4-1) are looking to climb above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a win over MU. Despite falling to Wisconsin last time out, the Golden Eagles are unbeaten in six of their past eight fixtures.

About the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-2-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST)
Louis Bennett is in his eighth year as head coach at Marquette. The Golden Eagles tied a program record for wins in 2012, coming off a 16-4-1 overall mark a season ago that saw MU climb as high as No. 2 in the national polls. MU welcomed a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2013 while returning nine starters and a number of key reserves from last year's squad that earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, the program's first trip to the national tournament since 1997.

• Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by redshirt sophomore C. Nortey's 10 points on a team-best four goals, including a pair of assists. Marquette's 16 goals through eight games ranks 21st in NCAA Division I entering this week and is first in the BIG EAST.

• Freshmen Coco Navarro and Louis Bennett II, son of head coach Louis Bennett, have been key contributors for the Golden Eagles in their respective rookie seasons. Navarro is second on the team in points (9) and his five assists is tied for sixth nationally (T-1st among all NCAA Div. I freshmen). Bennett II is second on the team in goals scored (3) and ranks third on the squad in points (7), followed by freshman left back Jake Taylor (6 points).

Scouting the Villanova Wildcats (4-4-1, 0-1-0 BIG EAST)
• Villanova, despite falling behind 1-0 early, is fresh off a 3-1 victory over inner-city rival La Salle on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Freshman Padraic McCullaugh (3g) and sophomore Chris Hill (2g, 3a) pace Villanova's offensive attack with seven points apiece. The Wildcats feature five players who have found the back of the net at least twice this season. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Weakly, who has started eight of nine matches this season, has notched 43 saves while maintaining a goals against average of 1.63.

Marquette's Last Time Out vs. Wisconsin
• MU saw its two-match winning streak snapped Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the hands of in-state rival Wisconsin. The Badgers were propelled to victory by a late goal in the 71st minute by Nick Janus. MU had two late chances in the final minutes of the match, including a header from Axel Sjoberg that sailed narrowly over the crossbar in the 85th minute. Wednesday's matchup marked the 53rd time the in-state rivals have met, in a series that dates all the way back to 1964 when Marquette started its soccer program.




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