Oct. 6, 2017
|2017 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 11
|Marquette (1-8-1, 1-2-0 BIG EAST) vs. Providence (2-7-1, 1-2-0 BIG EAST)
||Saturday, Oct. 7 | 1:05 p.m. CT
||Valley Fields | Milwaukee
||GameTracker | Live Stream (Free)
||Twitter (in-game updates) | Facebook | Instagram
The Marquette University men's soccer team return to BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, welcoming the reigning league champs, Providence, to Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles will host its annual alumni reunion in conjunction with Saturday's match that is slated for a 1:05 p.m. start.
• The Golden Eagles jump back into BIG EAST play with six regular season games remaining, beginning with the reigning BIG EAST champions and NCAA quarterfinalists, Providence Friars.
The Last Meeting
October 26, 2016
• Marquette and Providence meet for the 13th time. The Friars hold the series edge, 7-4-1, and are winners of two-straight. Ironically, all four Golden Eagle victories in the series have come away from Valley Fields with the most recent win in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship game in Chester, Pa.
• Saturday’s game will be streamed live courtesy of GoMarquette.com. Kickoff at 1:05 p.m. CT.
• Head Games: Marquette’s first five goals in 2017 were all scored off of headers, including Grant Owens’ third of the season to get MU on the board in a 4-2 win over Seton Hall. The four goals since have been via the non-header variety, thanks to Daniel Szczepanek (2) and Diego Núñez (2).
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles closed out non-conference action against in-state rival Wisconsin on Wednesday and were unable to dig out of an early 3-0 hole. The Badgers tallied goals in the 5th, 21st, and 28th minutes en route to the home win. Marquette outshot UW, 8-5, and placed three shots on target in the setback. The defense had a much better second half, surrendering just two shots.
• MU was unable to take advantage of seven corner kicks, the second-most this season and seventh time earning six or more in a single game.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
• The preseason BIG EAST favorite is off to a slow start through 10 games, going 2-7-1 overall with a 1-2 record in league play. Providence had one of the most difficult schedules in the country out of the gate, falling to No. 4 North Carolina, 4-2, and No. 2 Wake Forest, 4-1, in the season’s first two contests. Their lone two victories would follow against Rhode Island and Bryant, but the Friars are winless in six matches since. PC is averaging about a goal per contest, while allowing nearly 2.00.
• The Friars are reeling on the heels of three-straight losses to Butler (1-0), UConn (1-0) and Xavier (4-1). Four of their seven losses have been by a single goal.
• Offensively, redshirt senior standout Mac Steeves missed all of last year due to injury, but has rebounded to lead the Friars with 13 points on five goals. Six others are tied with one goal so far this season. Colin Miller has received eight of 10 starts and sports a 2-5-1 record with a 1.28 goals against average. He has .718 save percentage with 28 saves on the year.
COMING UP NEXT
• Marquette embarks on a pair of tough BIG EAST road tests as the Golden Eagles take on St. John’s (Oct. 14) and Xavier (Oct. 21) each of the next two Saturdays. MU is unbeaten in five-straight against the Red Storm and sport a 5-2 all-time record against the Musketeers.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. PROVIDENCE
• Saturday marks the 13th meeting all-time between the Golden Eagles and Friars. Providence holds a 7-4-1 series lead and is winners of two-straight with an unbeaten streak of three starting with a 1-1 draw in Milwaukee back in 2014. Marquette is still seeking its first-ever win over the Friars at home, going 0-4-1 all-time at Valley Fields.
• After dropping the first five meetings in the series that dates back to 2006, Marquette rattled off four-straight wins, capped with a thrilling 3-2 victory in the 2013 BIG EAST tournament championship held in Chester, Pa. The win clinched the program’s second-straight NCAA tournament appearance and the deepest tournament run in program history, ending in the Sweet 16.
• The Friars used two first-half goals to claim a 2-1 win in Rhode Island a season ago. Luka Prpa scored his ninth of the season in the 78th minute.
• Last meeting in Milwaukee back in 2015, Providence used a three-goal second-half comeback to stun MU, 4-3. Kelmend Islami had a first-half brace to send MU to the locker room with a 2-1 lead before PC added two scores in the first 5 minutes of the second half. C. Nortey’s impressive flying header tied the match in the 86th, but Dominik Machado provided the game-winner for PC just 15 seconds later.
ALUMNI DAY SET FOR HOMECOMING SATURDAY
• Marquette Soccer is excited to welcome back many of its proud alumni for a reunion event at Valley Fields on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Golden Eagles invite all alumni to attend Saturday’s match vs. Providence at 1:05 p.m. Central time and stick around for an alumni social event to follow.
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