BIG EAST Divisional Play Begins Saturday at Providence

Kelmend Islami

Oct. 6, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- Saturday, Oct. 8 marks the BIG EAST men's soccer Blue Division opener as Marquette University (4-5-2, 2-0-0 BIG EAST) puts its perfect conference record on the line and looks for its first win against nationally ranked Providence (6-3-1, 1-0-1). MU and the Friars are set for a noon CT kickoff at Glay Field in Providence, R.I.

• Saturday’s marks the first divisional match of the season for both BIG EAST schools. MU went 2-0-0 against Red Division opponents to begin conference ledger and therefore sits tied atop the Blue Division standings going into Saturday’s match at nationally ranked Providence.

• The Golden Eagles are 2-0-0 in conference play for the first time since 2003 and first time since joining the BIG EAST (2005).

• 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 weekend.

• Providence is ranked No. 5 in NSCAA Northeast Region and as high as No. 22 nationally, according to this week’s Soccer America poll. With a record of 1-2-1 in their last four matches following a 5-1-0 start, the Friars are coming off a 1-0 loss at Boston University. They are 4-1-0 at home heading into Saturday’s game.

• Marquette (0-5-0) is looking for its first victory against the Friars and its first road win at Providence (0-2-0).

• MU had its five-match unbeaten streak snapped Tuesday with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to regionally ranked Northern Illinois. The Huskies netted the golden goal with a perfectly placed chip shot in the 107th minute, just their third shot on goal of the match.

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• NOTE: Live audio broadcast will not be available for this Saturday’s match at Providence. Next WMUR broadcast will be Oct. 12 vs. Notre Dame.

• Seven of MU’s first nine fixtures on the 2011 ledger were played away from Valley Fields. The stretch concluded at Wisconsin on Sept. 28 with MU going a combined 3-3-1 in road/neutral games to start the 2011 season.

• Marquette is scheduled to play 11 teams in 2011 who are currently (or were at one point this season), ranked in the top-25 nationally, or receiving votes (Wright State, UIC), in either the NSCAA or Soccer America polls... Those teams include: Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Providence, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Georgetown, and Connecticut. UConn is currently the No. 1-ranked team in both major polls.




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