Marquette Soccer Hosts Seton Hall on Saturday
Oct. 9, 2015
• The Golden Eagles will play the remaining seven regular season games against BIG EAST Conference opponents, beginning with Seton Hall on Saturday - the first home game for MU since Sept. 18. Four of the seven remaining games will take place at home with top-ranked Creighton (Oct. 17) and No. 21 Butler (Oct. 31) making its way to Valley Fields.
• Saturday’s game will mark the 11th meeting all-time between both squads with MU holding a 4-3-3 edge in the series that dates back to 2005. MU is riding a five-match unbeaten streak.
• Kelmend Islami’s goal in the 77th minute helped the Golden Eagles take down Wisconsin on Wednesday, which snapped a four-match winless streak and marked the first road win in Madison in 16 seasons.
• The Pirates are averaging just a goal per game, while allowing opponents a hefty 2.67 goals per contest. Their two losses in BIG EAST play have come at the hands of top-ranked Creighton by a score of 4-2 and St. John’s by a score of 1-0. SHU actually took a 2-1 lead in the 72nd minute against Creighton, but was unable to hold on. SJU scored its eventual game winner in the 58th minute. Both losses occurred at home.
• Just five SHU players have accounted for all nine goals scored with Samuel Geiler leading the way with seven points on three goals and an assist. Andres Arcila and Danny Bartok each have two goals scored, while Eric Lagg and Nick Najera have tallied a goal apiece.
• In net, Julian Spindler has received the bulk of action as Seton Hall’s starting goalkeeper, compiling an 0-6-1 record in seven starts. He has a 2.53 GAA with a .585 save percentage in 2015.
• SHU is led by fourth-year head coach and standout alumnus Gerson Echeverry, who ranks fourth on the Pirates’ all-time scoring list with 114 points on 41 goals and 32 assists. In 2014, the Pirates finished with a record of 5-7-5, including a 2-4-3 conference mark, and were picked to finish ninth in the BIG EAST in 2015.
• MU controlled the match from the get-go with crisp passing and a couple quality scoring chances, but neither side was able to break through in the first 45 minutes.
• In the 77th minute, senior defender Adam Hermsen played a long cross from the sideline to the far left post that the UW keeper was able to deflect just slightly, but not enough as it fell at Islami’s feet with an open net in front of him.
• The goal was the fifth this season for Islami who continues his remarkable senior campaign.
• MU is unbeaten in the last five meetings against SHU, going 4-0-1 during that span with the lone tie coming in their most recent meeting last November, a 3-3 decision in Milwaukee.
• In that meeting, both teams got on the board within the first 4 minutes. The Golden Eagles would late climb back from a 2-1 first-half deficit to take a 3-2 lead on Louis Bennett II’s goal in the 65th minute. However, Mateusz Brela tied it in the 74th minute to salvage a point for the Pirates against the then-24th ranked team in the nation.
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• Marquette has outscored opponents 10-4 in BIG EAST home lid lifters since 2011. Since then, MU is 11-4-2 against league opponents at home.
• Earlier this season, junior Jake Taylor was recognized for his game-winning goal against Omaha on Sept. 11.
• Junior midfielder Louis Bennett II was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday, Sept. 7, following his late-game heroics in the team’s 1-1 draw at UW-Milwaukee, Sept. 4, to retain possession of the coveted Milwaukee Cup.
• Prior to that, freshman Luis Barraza took home the honor in the season’s first set of weekly awards after going 1-1-0 with 11 saves in two starts during opening weekend.
• 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.
• 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 (#12), Butler (#21) and Xavier (#24) are also featured in the top-25.
• Islami’s penalty kick goal in the win over Dayton (Sept. 7) was his third goal of the season, equaling one more than he had in any of his previous three seasons with Marquette. He added his fourth against NIU (Sept. 18).
• He also accounted for the game winner at Wisconsin (Oct. 7).
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