Marquette Preps For Wednesday Home Match Against Providence

Oct. 19, 2010

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team returns to the pitch Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:05 p.m. CT to host Providence College at Valley Fields. Live streaming audio and live stats on Gametracker will be available.

Coming off a 3-0 shutout over Syracuse this past Saturday, the Golden Eagles (5-4-4, 2-1-2 BIG EAST) remain unbeaten in their last four conference home matches dating back to last season. MU is currently in fifth place in the Blue Division standings going into Saturday's divisional contest against the Friars.

Providence is winless in league play with a 0-4-1 mark in the BIG EAST and is 5-5-2 overall. While the Golden Eagles have scored in eight consecutive matches, the Friars have not surrendered a goal in four previuos meetings with MU, boasting a perfect 4-0 all-time record, and are 2-0 at The Valley.

• Marquette enters Wednesday’s home match against Providence at fifth place in the BIG EAST Blue Division standings while the Friars, still winless in league play, are currently at the bottom of the table in eighth place.

• The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in their last four conference home matches, a streak that dates back to last season ... MU owns 3-0-1 record while outscoring their BIG EAST opponents 10-1 over that stretch.

• MU is coming off a 3-0 win vs. Syracuse (Oct. 16) ... Calum Mallace scored twice and Paul Dillon netted his first collegiate goal as the Golden Eagles cruised to their largest margin of victory and sixth shutout this season.

• Both Marquette and Providence will have three conference games remaining following Wednesday’s head-to-head match up as the BIG EAST tournament picture can begin to take shape after this weekend.

• Providence picked up its first BIG EAST point with a 1-1 draw at DePaul its last time out ... That result followed a 2-0 loss to No. 5 Connecticut ... Brian Gisell scored his first collegiate goal in the tie against the Blue Demons.

• Friars head coach Chaka Daley is in his 10th season with the program and has a 70-103-25 all-time coaching record.

• Matt Marcin and Wilder Arboleda lead the Friars in scoring with an assist and three goals apiece, and Marc Cintron has registered a team-high three assists ... Goalkeeper Jhojan Obando has played nearly every minute with three shutouts and 47 saves to compliment a 1.22 goals against average.

• Marquette is scoreless in four previous matches against the Friars ... Providence leads the all-time series with a perfect 4-0 mark ... The Friars blanked MU 1-0 last year in Providence, R.I. ... Providence makes its third trip to Valley Fields and first appearance since 2008.

• Marquette is unbeaten in its last four home matches (3-0-1) against BIG EAST opponents dating back to last year ... MU defeated Syracuse 3-0 (Oct. 16) before coming from behind to draw with No. 3 Connecticut, 1-1, on Oct. 1 ... The Golden Eagles defeated Pittsburgh 5-0 to conclude the 2009 regular season following a 1-0 win over nationally ranked Georgetown.

• Marquette is 8-0 over the course of its last eight games when the Golden Eagles score the go-ahead goal ... Furthermore, MU has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 15-0 in those eight contests.

• Going back to the 2008 season opener, the Golden Eagles boast a 12-1-1 mark when they score first, outscoring their opponents 25-4 ... That stretch also includes 11 shutouts.

• Junior midfielder Calum Mallace has been the centerpiece of MU’s increased offensive production in 2010 ... He has been involved in nine of the Golden Eagles’ 15 goals scored this season and leads MU in most offensive categories, including points (14), goals (5) and assists (4).

• Mallace’s 14 points and five goals are the most in a single season by an individual MU player since Chris Lee tallied 23 points and 10 goals during the 2004 season ... Mallace also has a team-high four assists this season, the most since Derek Gutierrez (8) in 2003.

• The Torphichen, Scotland native is MU’s active all-time leader in points (23), goals scored (9), shots (129) and shots on goal (51).

• Seven of Mallace’s nine career goals have been game-winners, including three game-winning goals this season ... His seven career game-winners is tied for fourth all-time at MU.

• Sophomore goalkeeper David Check became the first player since 2004 to earn BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week two consecutive weeks (Oct. 4 and Sept. 27) ... Since taking over as the starting keeper, Check has posted six shutouts in 12 matches, the most shutouts in a season by an MU keeper since Jim Welch posted nine during the 1998 campaign.





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