Marquette Soccer to Host No. 1 Creighton Saturday

Head coach Louis Bennett
Oct. 16, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 13
Marquette (5-5-2, 1-2-1) vs. No. 1 Creighton (13-0-0, 4-0-0)
Date Saturday, Oct. 17 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team takes on undefeated and No. 1 Creighton University in a BIG EAST Conference showdown at Valley Fields Saturday night.

The Last Meeting
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October 29, 2014
Omaha, Neb.
No. 10 Creighton Defeats No. 24 Marquette 2-0
No. 10 Creighton University (12-2-2, 5-1-1 BIG EAST) cruised to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Marquette University (7-5-3, 1-3-3) men's soccer team Wednesday night in a pivotal league match at Morrison Stadium.

• 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.


FOLLOW IT LIVE
• Saturday’s match-up against No. 1 Creighton will be broadcasted on the BIG EAST Digital Network and available via the FoxSportsGo app and FoxSportsGo.com. Live stats links can be found via GoMarquette.com. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Central time.

• As always, follow Marquette Soccer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Live in-game updates are available via Twitter. Join the conversation by using #MarquetteSoccer.


SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
• Creighton enters Saturday night’s contest with an unblemished 13-0-0 overall record with a 4-0-0 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bluejays are one of only three unbeaten teams left in Division I, while standing as the only program without a loss or a tie to this point.

• 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.


UP NEXT
• Marquette will hit the road for its second-to-last regular season match away from home, taking on Xavier in Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. Central time. MU will then play two of its final three regular season games at home, including a senior day match-up against Butler, Oct. 31.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles suffered a 3-0 setback to No. 10 Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, snapping their two-game win streak in the process.

• 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.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CREIGHTON
• Marquette and Creighton will meet for the 11th time in the all-time series and the third consecutive season since the Bluejays joined the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles currently lead the all-time series with a 6-4 record and are winners in four of the previous six meetings.

• 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.


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.


MARQUETTE EARNS NSCAA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD
• For the seventh straight year the men’s soccer program was honored with a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic awards list, ranking third among BIG EAST programs with a 3.37 team GPA.

• 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.


BIG EAST AMONG NATION’S ELITE CONFERENCES

• The BIG EAST Conference featured four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 preseason poll, including Georgetown at No. 3, Creighton at No. 6, Providence at No. 7 and Xavier at No. 19.

• 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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