Nationally ranked MU men's soccer heads to Pittsburgh
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MILWAUKEE -- No. 5/4 Marquette will wrap up its two-match road swing this Wednesday at Pittsburgh. Kickoff against the Panthers is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET) at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
The match can be heard online via live streaming audio, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio, at marquetteradio.org/listen, or click on the “Live Audio” link on GoMarquette.com.
Wednesday’s match will also be televised live on the Pitt Panthers Television network. The network is available to Comcast customers throughout Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey, or online via Comcast Fancast Xfinity TV (Comcast subscribers only). To learn more about Pitt Panthers Television and the coverage area please visit www.PittsburghPanthers.com.
Marquette Golden Eagles (12-1-0, 3-1-0 BIG EAST)
No. 5/4 Marquette (12-1-0, 3-1-0 BIG EAST) remains atop the BIG EAST Blue Division standings, but is now tied with three other teams each with nine points in league play after the Golden Eagles had the nation's longest regular-season winning streak snapped at 13 games on Saturday with a 2-1 loss at No. 10/14 Georgetown. Bryan Ciesiulka scored the lone goal for Marquette. It was MU’s first loss since falling to Louisville 1-0 at home in the 2011 BIG EAST quarterfinals and first regular-season loss since Oct. 26, 2011 at Connecticut.
Senior forward Andy Huftalin, who has scored four game-winners this season, leads MU in goals (7) and points (15), while redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon has posted seven shutouts in his first year as the Golden Eagles’ starting goalkeeper.
Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6-2, 0-5-0 BIG EAST)
Pittsburgh (6-6-2, 0-5-0) has won four of its seven home contests, in addition to one draw, but the Panthers still seek its first win in league play. A loss Wednesday most likely eliminates Pittsburgh from postseason contention.
Pitt has lost six straight since opening the season with a mark of 6-0-2 and are coming of a 3-2 overtime loss at Providence. Offensively, the Panthers are led by Nick Wysong and Nico Wrobel with five goals apiece and 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Pittsburgh leads the all-time series with a 2-4-1 overall record, but have not beaten the Golden Eagles since the 2008 season as MU has won two of the last three contests, including a 2-2 draw the last time these two teams met in Pittsburgh. Marquette defeated Pitt by a final score of 1-0 last season on “senior night” at Valley Fields; the victory helped clinch MU’s first-ever BIG EAST division championship on a decisive goal by 2011 MLS SuperDraft selection Calum Mallace in the 59th minute.
Golden Eagles In The National Rankings
The NCAA released the first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) report on Tuesday with the Golden Eagles ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division I. Marquette has fared much better in the national rankings to this point. MU, which was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country (Soccer America) in week 10, is ranked No. 3 in this week’s College Soccer News poll and fourth in both the Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings. The Golden Eagles check in at No. 5 this week in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll.
Marquette’s Offense Among Nation’s Best
Through the first 13 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 Huftalin with seven goals and 15 points. MU entered last 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 by a combined tally of 28-9 this season.
BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship Format
There has been one major change this year to the format of the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship, which gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 31; only the top five teams from each division will qualify for 2012 postseson tournament instead of the top six schools from each division as in year’s past. Two first-round matches (Oct. 31) and four quaterfinal matches (Nov. 3) will be conducted on campus sites of the higher seeds while the conference semifinals and championship match will once again be held at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Nov. 9-11.