Golden Eagles To Host No. 23/24 West Virginia

Sebastian Jansson netted his first career goal against Notre Dame.

Oct. 14, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team will continue its three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:05 p.m. CT when it welcomes No. 23/24 West Virginia to Valley Fields for a BIG EAST Blue Division match up.

FOLLOW GAME ACTION
• Listen to the match live via streaming audio on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio. Bookmark http://bit.ly/MURadio on your Internet web browser for quick access.

• Live stats are also available in real time by clicking on the GameTracker link on GoMarquette.com.

KEY STORYLINES
• Saturday night’s matchup at Valley Fields marks the second game of a three-match homestand against nationally ranked opponents for the Golden Eagles, who are coming off a 1-0 shutout over No. 12/13 Notre Dame this past Wednesday.

• Marquette is the only team with a perfect 4-0-0 record through the first four BIG EAST Conference games and sits atop the Blue Division standings with 12 points.

• MU is off to its best start in league play in 23 years of NCAA Division I conference affiliation. The last time a Marquette squad was 4-0-0 to begin its conference schedule was 1997 when MU went unscathed in its first four Conference USA matches. That 1997 squad later advanced to the first, and only, NCAA tournament appearance in MU men’s soccer team history.

• West Virginia is ranked No. 23 in this week’s NSCAA poll and No. 24 by Soccer America.  The Mountaineers have been ranked as high as No. 8 this season by FOX Soccer.

• The Mountaineers are 3-0-0 in October with three straight wins over BIG EAST opponents, including a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 12. Marquette is unbeaten in seven of its last eigth matches (5-1-2) since a 2-1 home loss to Wright State on Sept. 11, including back-to-back wins over nationally ranked opponents (Providence & Notre Dame).

SERIES HISTORY
• Marquette is still looking for its first win over the Mountaineers since as West Virginia owns a 5-0-1 all-time advantage over the Golden Eagles in a series that began in 2005, MU’s first year as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.

• The Golden Eagles are 0-1-1 against West Virginia at Valley Fields. MU and the Mountaineers played to a 0-0 draw back in 2007. The Mountaineers had a 3-0 decision over MU last season in Morgantown, W.Va.

SCOTT MILLER RECOGNITION
• There will be a brief ceremony prior to Saturday’s kick off honoring former MU central defender Scott Miller who retired from collegiate soccer at the beginning of last season.

NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS IN 2011
• Marquette is scheduled to play 11 teams in 2011 who are currently (or were at one point this season), ranked in the top-25 nationally, or receiving votes (Wright State, UIC), in either the NSCAA or Soccer America polls. Those teams include: Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Providence, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Georgetown, and Connecticut. UConn is currently the No. 1-ranked team in both major polls.

MULTIPLE GOAL SCORERS
• For the second consecutive year, Marquette’s attack has featured at least nine different goal scorers. Sebastian Jansson became the 10th different MU player to score in 2011 with his game-winner, and first collegiate goal, in a 1-0 shutout over No. 12/13 Notre Dame at Valley Fields on Oct. 12.

WHEN MU SCORES FIRST ...
• Marquette is 14-1-2 over the course of its last 17 games when the Golden Eagles score the opening goal. Going back to the 2008 season opener, Louis Bennett’s squad boasts a remarkable 18-2-3 record when striking first, outscoring their opponents 43-16 in those fixtures.


 

 

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