Marquette Set for Road Match-up at No. 10 Georgetown

Alex McBride
Oct. 13, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 12
Marquette (5-4-2, 1-1-1) at No. 10 Georgetown (7-2-2, 3-0-0)
Date Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 2:00 p.m. CT
Location Shaw Field | Washington, D.C.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men's soccer team is seeking its third straight win and looking to avenge last year's loss to Georgetown in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals that ended their season. The Golden Eagles are coming off back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over in-state rival Wisconsin and BIG EAST foe Seton Hall last week.

The Last Meeting
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October 4, 2014
Washington, D.C.
No. 12 Marquette Draws 0-0 at No. 7 Georgetown
A battle between the BIG EAST Conference co-preseason favorites, No. 12 Marquette University (6-2-1, 0-0-1) and No. 7 Georgetown (6-1-4, 1-0-1), ended in a scoreless draw Saturday as the Golden Eagles extended their program-record shutout streak to seven matches.

• The Golden Eagles' match-up with the No. 10 Hoyas will begin a daunting stretch against BIG EAST competition. Following Wednesday's contest, MU will play host to top-ranked Creighton at home on Saturday followed by a meeting with RV Xavier (Oct. 24), preseason ranked Providence (Oct. 28), RV Butler (Oct. 31) and DePaul to close out the regular season.

• Wednesday's match will mark the 12th meeting all-time between both squads with Georgetown holding the series edge 10-1-1. MU went 0-1-1 against the Hoyas last season with a 2-1 loss in the BIG EAST Quarterfinal in Washington, D.C. This marks the third straight road meeting in the series for MU.

• Freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza was named Goalkeeper of the Week by the BIG EAST Conference following his third and fourth shutouts of the season last week, while senior forward David Selvaggi was named to the weekly honor roll following his game winner against Seton Hall.


SCOUTING THE HOYAS
• Georgetown enters Wednesday's contest with a 7-2-2 overall record, including a 3-0-0 mark in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas are 7-0-1 over their last eight matches and are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked BIG EAST opponents, then-No. 20 Xavier and then-No. 21 Butler.

• Last time out, GU scored once in each half, using goals from Brandon Allen (28') and Cole Seiler (55') to take down then-No. 21 Butler at home. It was the Hoyas' third straight shutout and allowed them to keep pace with undefeated and top-ranked Creighton atop the BIG EAST standings.

• Georgetown opened the year winless in its first three match-ups, which included a scoreless draw to Florida Gulf Coast, a 2-0 loss to South Florida and a 1-0 loss at home to Akron. Since then, they are unbeaten and have three wins against ranked teams to their credit, including a 2-1 win over then-No. 13 Maryland and back-to-back wins over nationally-ranked Xavier and Butler.

• The Hoyas are averaging 1.73 goals per game, while allowing opponents less than one goal (0.91 GAA) per contest. Offensively, Brandon Allen and Alex Muyl lead the way for GU, coming for 27 points on the year. Both are tied for the team-lead with four goals on the season and Allen has six assists as well.

• In net, JT Marcinkowski has made all 11 starts for GU, compiling a 0.80 GAA to go along with a .820 save percentage and four shutouts.


UP NEXT
• Marquette will return home to face top-ranked and undefeated Creighton Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. and the first 150 students will receive free hot chocolate and a mug.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles returned home for the first time in nearly a month and how sweet it was as they picked up their second 1-0 shutout in as many games by taking down Seton Hall last Saturday.

• Marquette controlled play in the first half, but wasn't able to break through until the 52nd minute when David Selvaggi received a pass from C. Nortey and deposited his fourth goal of the season past the keeper and inside the left post, giving MU all it needed offensively.

• That's because freshman keeper Luis Barraza held up his end by making six saves and securing his fourth shutout of the season.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. GEORGETOWN
• Wednesday's match-up will be the 12th meeting all-time between both sides with Georgetown holding the all-time series edge with a 10-1-1 record and unbeaten in the last eight meetings overall.

• This will be the third straight meeting in the series to take place in our nation's capital. Last year, the Golden Eagles and Hoyas played to a scoreless draw on Oct. 4, followed by a BIG EAST Quarterfinal match-up that saw Georgetown move on with a narrow 2-1 win.

• Marquette's lone win in the series came in a 1-0 triumph in Milwaukee back on Oct. 17, 2009.


BARRAZA, SELVAGGI EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
• Following back-to-back 1-0 shutouts last week, freshman Luis Barraza picked up his first-ever BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week award. He made eight saves, including six against Seton Hall, and now has four shutouts in his rookie campaign. He also ranks second in the league with 48 saves.

• Senior David Selvaggi landed on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season following his game-winning goal against Seton Hall on Saturday. His score in the 52nd minute was his fourth of the season. He ranks second on the Golden Eagles with nine points.


MARQUETTE ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED BY THE BIG EAST
• For the sixth time in seven weeks, Marquette had at least one player recognized by the BIG EAST Conference for their exceptional play on the field after Luis Barraza and David Selvaggi earned honors this week.

• Senior C. Nortey claimed his first weekly honor after totaling five points in a pair of contests for the period between Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

• Freshman Ruben Sanchez was honored for his outstanding efforts in helping keep St. John's off the board in a scoreless draw to open BIG EAST play as the league named him Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29.

• 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.


 

 

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