Golden Eagles Host Syracuse Saturday

Oct. 15, 2010

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team looks to get back on the winning track Saturday when they host Syracuse. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.

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Saturday's contest against the Orange will mark the second and final cross-divisional match of the season for the Golden Eagles (4-4-4, 1-1-2 BIG EAST), who enter the weekend fifth place in the Blue Division standings. Syracuse currently holds the same spot in the Red Division with a 0-1-3 record in league play and is 2-5-5 overall.

MU is undefeated at home in its last three games against BIG EAST opponents, including a 1-1 draw against Connecticut, the then-ranked No. 3 team in the nation. Syracuse is still searching for its first BIG EAST victory, and first road win, of the campaign.

Marquette had a six-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 4-1 loss at nationally ranked Notre Dame this past Wednesday. Sophomore Chris Madsen tallied the Golden Eagles' lone score when he netted his third goal of the season in the 57th minute versus the Irish. He was assisted by Calum Mallace who now leads the team with 10 points on a team-high four assists and three goals.

Syracuse is guided by first-year head coach Ian McIntyre. The Orange are scoreless in four BIG EAST matches thus far this season. They are coming off back-to-back scoreless draw against DePaul and St. John's, respectively.

KEY STORYLINES
• Syracuse is the second of two BIG EAST cross-divisional opponents Marquette will play in 2010 ... The Golden Eagles, a member of the Blue Division, defeated Rutgers, 1-0, to open conference play on Sept. 24 in their only other cross-division regular season contest.

• Marquette is undefeated in its last three BIG EAST home matches going back to last season ... MU capped off the 2009 regular season with a 5-0 home win over Pittsburgh, which followed a 1-0 decision over No. 16 Georgetown ... The Golden Eagles came from behind to draw with No. 3 Connecticut in the team's only conference home match thus far in 2010.

• The Golden Eagles enter Saturday's contest fifth place in the BIG EAST Blue Division standings with five points in league play, while the Orange hold the fifth spot in the Red Division with three points, one point behind.

SERIES HISTORY
• Syracuse owns a 2-0-1 overall record in three previous meetings with the Golden Eagles ... The Orange make their second-ever trip to Milwaukee after claiming a 1-0 shutout over MU the last time these two teams played back in 2008.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
• Syracuse is scoreless in four conference matches and is still looking for its first victory over a BIG EAST opponent this season ... The Orange are coming off back-to-back scoreless draws against DePaul and St. John's, respectively ... Syracuse opened conference play with the same 0-0 result against Pittsburgh followed by a 4-0 loss at USF.

• Nick Roydhouse leads the Orange with nine points on an assist and team-high four goals in 11 games played ... Mark Brode garnered BIG EAST Honor Roll accolades last week for scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in Syracuse's 3-2 win over No. 24 Colgate.

• Goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo has recorded three shutouts this season and has allowed 12 goals in 11 games played for a goals against average of 1.05.

• Head coach Ian McIntyre is in his first season with the Orange ... Syracuse returns five starters and nine lettermen from last year's squad that finished with an overall record of 3-15 (2-7 BIG EAST).


 

 

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