Marquette Soccer to Host No. 1 Creighton Saturday
Oct. 16, 2015
• Saturday’s meeting with the Bluejays will mark the second straight season that the Golden Eagles have faced off against the nation’s No. 1 team after opening the 2014 campaign against top-ranked Notre Dame, which ended in a 2-1 defeat.
• This is believed to be the first time Marquette has played host to the No. 1 team in the country.The highest ranked team MU has hosted previously was No. 2 UConn back in 2012 and the Golden Eagles were 3-2 victors in front of more than 1,300 spectators at Valley Fields.
• Marquette is 6-4 all-time against Creighton dating back to a 1-0 Golden Eagles win in the first-ever meeting between both teams back in 1983. MU has won four of the last six meetings in the series, including the previous two played in Milwaukee - both 1-0 victories back in 2013 and 1999. In their last meeting back on Oct. 29, 2014, the then-No. 7 Bluejays earned a 2-0 win at home.
• Creighton is coming off a 1-0 win over Butler on Wednesday, pushing its record to 13-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 in the league, while Marquette is fresh off a 3-0 setback to No. 10 Georgetown on the road on Wednesday as well.
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• The Bluejays collected their 16th straight regular season victory dating back to last year when they dispatched previously ranked Butler, 1-0, on the road Wednesday. Timo Pitters and Fabian Herbers combined for the game winner in the 69th minute when Pitters’ goal beat the keeper in the upper left corner of the goal. Creighton outshot Butler, 13-7, while gaining eight corner kicks to Butler’s none.
• The Bluejays have outscored opponents 29-5 this season, ranking second only to Clemson’s 31 goals scored nationally, while Herbers ranks third-nationally and is tops in the BIG EAST with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Pitters ranks second on the team with 16 points on seven goals and two assists. Both have four game-winning goals apiece.
• Defensively, the Bluejays have the second-best goals against average in the nation, matching that of senior goalkeeper Connor Sparrow’s miniscule 0.38 GAA in 13 starts. He also has an .815 save percentage to go along with nine shutouts, including eight solo.
• MU went with a defensive-minded approach against the high-powered Hoyas and held them scoreless for the first 45 minutes, but Georgetown finally broke through in the 47th minute. The Hoyas added goals in the 60th and 71st minutes as well, while outshooting MU, 21-5, in the match.
• Freshman keeper Luis Barraza made seven saves in the loss, many of them impressive stops, and he now leads the BIG EAST with 55 saves.
• Since 2013, the two teams have split both league match-ups with each team winning on its home turf – MU with a 1-0 win in 2013 and CU with a 2-0 win last season.
• Last year, both teams entered national-ranked as Creighton was No. 10 and Marquette No. 24. In their 2-0 win, the Bluejays would receive goals by Ricardo Perez and Timo Pitter in the 30th and 79th minutes, respectively. Creighton outshot Marquette, 15-4, on the way to a win.
• Marquette has not lost to Creighton at home since a 3-0 setback in 1995. The Golden Eagles opened the series with back-to-back wins, beginning with a 1-0 victory in 1983 in Omaha, coupled by a 4-0 win the following year in Milwaukee.
• 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.
• 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.
• Marquette was one of 217 institutions across all divisions to have both their men’s and women’s teams recognized for this award - the seventh straight time MU has accomplished that feat.
• Currently, Creighton leads the way with a No. 1 ranking in every major poll, including NSCAA, College Soccer News, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America, while Georgetown is No. 10 in the NSCAA poll and Butler and Xavier are receiving votes after both falling to the Hoyas last week.
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