Marquette Soccer Travels to Rival Wisconsin Wednesday

Head coach Louis Bennett
Oct. 6, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 10
Marquette (3-4-2) at Wisconsin (2-7-1)
Date Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location McClimon Complex | Madison, Wis.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team is looking to snap a four-match winless skid when it takes on a Wisconsin team it is unbeaten against in four of the last five meetings.

The Last Meeting
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October 1, 2014
Valley Fields
No. 12 Marquette Blanks Wisconsin, 2-0
The No. 12-ranked Marquette University (6-2-0) men's soccer team won its sixth match in a row by defeating in-state rival Wisconsin (1-6-1) Wednesday night at Valley Fields by a score of 2-0.

• The Golden Eagles suffered a disappointing setback to Villanova last time out, surrendering two unanswered goals to fall 2-1. Redshirt senior C. Nortey collected his second goal in as many games in the 40th minute to give MU a brief 1-0 lead.

• Wednesday’s match-up against in-state rival Wisconsin will mark the 55th meeting all-time between both programs. The two teams have have met at least once in all 51 seasons of Marquette Soccer dating back to the inaugural season in 1964.

• UW holds a 28-15-11 lead in the all-time series. MU is unbeaten in four of the last meetings, and came away with a 2-0 win at Valley Fields in last year’s match-up on Oct. 1, 2014.

C. Nortey moved into sole possession of sixth place all-time in the Marquette record books with his 29th career goal against Villanova on Saturday. It gave him five points on the week and he was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his peformances.


SCOUTING THE BADGERS
• Wisconsin enters Wednesday with a 2-7-1 overall record and a 1-1-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Badgers are winless in their previous four matches, but snapped a three-match losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-3 draw at Michigan last time out.

• The Badgers trailed 3-1 to Michigan in the 22nd minute before Christopher Mueller and Nick Jones tallied scores in the 44th and 48th minutes, respectively, to tie it. UW earned the draw despite being outshot 23-10.

• UW was picked to finish last out of nine Big Ten teams in the preseason coaches poll, behind league-favorite Maryland, after finishing 3-12-3 and without a conference win in 2014.

• The Badgers returned three of their top-four scorers this season, including Mark Segbers and Tom Barlow who have combined for 13 points and each have two goals apiece this season. Leading the way offensively has been sophomore Christopher Mueller, who has a team-high eight points on three goals and two assists.

• In net, sophomore Adrian Remeniuk has earned six starts among a trio of Badger goalkeepers. Remeniuk has a 2-3-1 record with a 1.96 GAA and a .658 save percentage. He earned the team’s lone shutout this season with a 1-0 overtime win at Rutgers back on Sept. 11.


UP NEXT
• Marquette will return home for the first time since Sept. 18, when it plays host to Seton Hall in the BIG EAST home opener at Valley Fields Saturday, Oct. 10. It will mark the team’s annual “Breast Cancer Awareness” game. Kickoff against the Pirates is set for 7:05 p.m.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead on C. Nortey’s third goal of the season in the 40th minute, taking advantage of a set piece, but it was short-lived as Villanova stormed back for a goal in each half to take a 2-1 win on the outskirts of Philadelphia on Saturday.

• Marquette looked poised to take a one-goal advantage into halftime until the Wildcats responded with a set piece of their own off a corner kick with 40 seconds remaining in the opening 45 minutes. VU scored again to take the lead in the 78th minute and held on for the win despite two quality chances by the Blue & Gold in the final minute.

• Villanova held an 18-15 advantage in shots with an 11-3 margin in shots on goal. Luis Barraza made nine saves in defeat.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. WISCONSIN
• Marquette and Wisconsin meet for the 55th time in the all-time series with the Badgers holding the edge, 28-15-11.

• Both teams have met at least once in all 51 seasons of Marquette Soccer dating back to the inaugural season in 1964, which was a 3-0 win for the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee.

• MU is unbeaten in four of the last five meetings, going 3-1-1 over that span, including a 2-0 win last time they met on Oct. 1, 2014 at Valley Fields. Holding a No. 12 ranking at the time, Marquette outshot UW, 22-8, and used two C. Nortey goals in the 40th and 63rd minutes to take down the Badgers. Charlie Lyon made three saves to preserve the shutout.

• The Golden Eagles are seeking its first road win over the Badgers since a 2-1 win back in 1999, a span of seven winless trips (0-4-3).


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 the top-25.


C. Nortey NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• The redshirt senior captain turned in a five-point week with back-to-back games with at least one goal scored. Both of Nortey’s goals put the Golden Eagles in front, but the team was unable to hand on in each instance.

• Nortey assisted on David Selvaggi’s goal in the 7th minute to give MU a 1-0 lead on No. 7 Notre Dame and then scored in the 67th to make it 2-1 MU before ND rallied for a 4-2 win late. Nortey also gave MU the lead when he tallied the game’s first goal in a 2-1 loss to Villanova.


 

 

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