Men's Soccer
MU Set To Host Wisconsin On Wednesday

Louis Bennett

Louis Bennett

Oct. 13, 2008

Game Day Links:
-Game Notes vs. Wisconsin (.pdf)
-Gametracker/Live Stats
-Live streaming audio (WMUR)

MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette men's soccer team is set to do battle this Wednesday against in-state rival Wisconsin. Kick off set slated for 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields. It will mark the 48th meeting between the two teams since the 1964 season. Wednesday's game will be televised live on Time Warner Sports (Ch. 32). Live streaming audio courtesy of Marquette Radio (WMUR) will also be available online.

Key Storylines
Marquette renews its in-state rivalry with Wisconsin on Wednesday, which is also the longest and oldest rivalry on the Golden Eagles’ ledger. These two teams first met during the 1964 season (see “Series History” below). Wisconsin, which is coming off a 2-1 home loss to No. 2 Northwestern, is 5-2-1 in non-conference matches this season, while MU holds a 1-1-2 record outside the BIG EAST. Both team’s offenses are clicking after Wisconsin fired eight shots on goal Sunday -- the most recorded by a Northwestern opponent this season -- while MU set a team season-high with 10 shots on goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Seton Hall.

Series History
Marquette’s rivalry with Wisconsin is the longest on record with the two teams going head-to-head a total of 47 times since their first meeting on Oct. 3, 1964. The Badgers own a 25-12-10 mark in the all-time series and are unbeaten in their last five matches against the Golden Eagles. MU was unbeaten in the previous seven contests with UW, going 4-0-3 from 1996-2002. Last year’s matchup in Madison ended in a 1-1 draw as Marquette’s Nick Kay scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute. Marquette’s last win over the Badgers was a 3-0 decision back in 2002.

Golden Eagles on Time Warner Sports
Wednesday’s match is scheduled to be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports (Channel 32) locally in the Milwaukee area with Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Sean Reti (color analyst) scheduled to make the call. TWS will televise a total of three MU games this season, live or tape delayed. Check TWS’s website for air times. Televised games will also include the Golden Eagles versus Connecticut (Oct. 18) from Valley Fields and at UW-Milwaukee’s Engelmann Field (Oct. 22).

Looking Ahead
Marquette will continue its three-game home stand this Saturday, Oct. 18 when they host nationally ranked Connecticut. MU fell in overtime to the Huskies, then ranked No. 2 in the country, last season by a final of 2-1 in Storrs, Conn. In its fifth try, Marquette will be looking for its first-ever win over the perennial BIG EAST powerhouse.

Kickin’ It On The Fresh Coast
Wednesday’s match with Wisconsin marks the second of five games for Marquette to be contested in its home city of Milwaukee. While four of those matches will be played at Valley Fields, the Golden Eagles’ lone road fixture during that span will be an Oct. 22 showdown at UW-Milwaukee’s Engelmann Field, site of this year’s battle for the “Milwaukee Cup.”

Experience On The Back Line
While junior defender Billy Von Rueden rarely leaves the field during a match, he also rarely misses a match. Von Rueden has played in 45 of 46 collegiate matches, ranking him second on the team behind Dan Addis (52) in matches played among active players. Von Rueden is also expected to make his team-high 34th consecutive start this Wednesday against Wisconsin. Fellow junior defender Tim Jallow is second behind Von Rueden with 19 straight starts and has played in 43 career games.

Colaizzi’s Quick Start
Sophomore Anthony Colaizzi netted two of the Golden Eagles’ four goals and assisted Matt Stummer on another in MU’s 4-1 win over Bryant. Colaizzi’s five points were the most points by an individual in a single match since Chris Lee tallied six points in Marquette’s 3-1 win over UW-Green Bay on Oct. 6, 2004. Colaizzi accounted for just one assist in 17 games as a freshman. He has four of the team’s eight goals this season, including 10 points in eight games played. Colaizzi has had to sit three games due to pair of red cards.

In The Record Books
Junior goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski ranks among Marquette's all-time leaders in several career statistical categories. Pyzdrowski currently ranks eighth in saves (131) and seventh in goals against average (1.42). Additionally, he has served a total 3,238 minutes between the posts, which ranks eighth in the Golden Eagles record books.

Miller Out Indefinitely
Sophomore defender Scott Miller -- the team’s starting center back -- missed the team’s first four games of 2008 with a knee injury. Miller was forced to miss more action when it was announced on Sept. 22 that he is out indefinitely after suffering from appendicitis. Miller had an emergency appendectomy to remove his appendix a day after the Oct. 21 match agianst St. John’s. As a result, he has played in only two matches this season.



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