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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The undefeated Marquette Golden Eagles men's soccer team heads to Georgetown on Saturday to take on the Hoyas in a highly anticipated BIG EAST Blue Division battle at North Kehoe Field. Kickoff is set for noon CT (1 p.m. ET).
MU, which has never won at Georgetown, will be looking for its fifth consecutive road win and 13th straight to open the season. Led by head coach Louis Bennett, the Golden Eagles boast an impressive 20-3-1 record in their last 24 regular-season matches dating back to last season. One of those three losses came against Georgetown in last year's match-up with the Hoyas at Valley Fields.
The Last Meeting
October 19, 2011
MU Drops First BIG EAST Match In 3-2 Loss To No. 24 Georgetown
The Marquette University men's soccer team suffered a 3-2 defeat to No. 24 Georgetown on a cold and rain-filled Wednesday night at Valley Fields. Senior Calum Mallace and Freshman Kelmend Islami each netted goals in the Golden Eagles' first BIG EAST Conference loss of the season.
There will be no live streaming audio for Saturday's match; however, fans can pay to access live streaming video of the contest through Hoya Vision available at www.guhoyas.com
No. 4/2 Marquette Golden Eagles (12-0-0, 3-0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette got a late goal from senior striker Andy Huftalinin the 80th minute of 1-0 shutout over Northern Illinois at Valley Fields this past Tuesday to remain perfect on the season. MU has won 13 consecutive regular-season matches dating back to last October, the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I men's soccer, and is one of two teams (Cornell) in the nation to win every game on its ledger going into the weekend.
No. 10/14 Georgetown Hoyas (11-2-1, 2-2-0 BIG EAST)
Georgetown, which had won 10 of its first 11 contests to open the season, snapped a two-match losing streak on Tuesday with a 2-0 home win over Lehigh. Both of Georgetown's losses this season have come against nationally ranked BIG EAST Blue Division opponents, including a 2-1 loss to Connecticut and a 3-0 loss at Notre Dame. Brandon Allen has shined in his freshman season with the Hoyas, leading the squad with 20 points on a team-high nine goals with a pair of assists. Steve Neumann and Andy Riemer have also combined for 25 points this season rounding out a potent Georgetown attack.
Georgetown leads the all-time series 6-1-0 and has won two straight over the Golden Eagles which includes a 3-2 win over MU last season in Milwaukee and a 6-2 decision the last time the two teams met at North Kehoe Field. Marquette's lone victory over the Hoyas came in the 2009 season when MU blanked Georgetown 1-0 at Valley Fields.
Marquette's Offense Among Nation's Best
Through the first 12 games of the season, nine different MU players have found the back of the net, which includes seven multiple-goal scorers led by senior Andy Huftalinwith seven goals and 15 points. MU entered the week ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring at 2.32 goals per match and fourth assists (28). Marquette has out-scored its opponents 2677 this season and 10-2 in league play.
Golden Eagles Climb to No. 2 in Latest Soccer America Rankings
Marquette moved all the way up to No. 2 in the nation in this week's Soccer America rankings, behind top-ranked Maryland, and are currently ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division I according College Soccer News. Additionally, MU climbed to No. 4 in both the NSCAA/Continental Tire and the TopDrawerSoccer.Com polls. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles stayed at No. 2 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll behind Akron. Five BIG EAST teams (Marquette, UConn, Notre Dame, Georgetown, St. John's) are currently listed in the top-10 in the NSCAA national rankings, including four teams from the Blue Division.
Huftalin Having a Breakthrough Season
Senior striker Andy Huftalin was named to the national team of the week by both Soccer America and College Soccer News for his role in MU's 3-2 win over UConn last Saturday. Huftalin scored twice in each half coming off the bench for head coach Louis Bennett, including the game-winner. On Tuesday, Huftalin again scored the decisive goal -- his team-best fourth game-winner of the season -- in the 80th minute in a 1-0 win against NIU. Seven of Huftalin's 10 career goals have come in 11 appearances this season, and he currently leads the squad in goals (7) and points (15).
Top-Rated Freshmen to Square-Off Saturday
In addition to the match-up between two Top-10 teams, two of the top-rated freshmen in the country are set to square-off at North Kehoe Field on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg has been ranked No. 5 overall in his class by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The 6-foot-7 central defender has scored four goals this season and has helped MU record seven shutouts in 12 matches. He will go head-to-head with Georgetown forward Brandon Allen. The Hoyas' newcomer, who is ranked No. 2 by TDS, is currently tied for second in the BIG EAST with nine goals on the season.