Oct. 19, 2012
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MILWAUKEE -- No. 5/4 Marquette returns to its home pitch on Saturday, Oct. 20, for a rare weekend matinee at Valley Fields when the Golden Eagles host Seton Hall (1 p.m. CT). A win over the Pirates would clinch MU's fourth consecutive postseason berth. Live streaming audio will be available courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio.
Defending champion Marquette remains at first place in the BIG EAST Blue Division standings with 12 points in league play, while its 13 wins overall is the most for an MU squad since the 1994 season when the team finished with a program record 16 victories.
Fans who donate a winter hat or a pair of mittens or gloves at the gate Saturday will receive $2 off the price of admission with all donations benefitting Caps4Kids.
No. 5/4 Marquette Golden Eagles (13-1-0, 4-1-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette scored twice in a span of 13 seconds to open the scoring in the 50th minute of Wednesday’s 4-0 shutout at Pittsburgh. It marked career win number 175 for head coach Louis Bennett who got the Golden Eagles back on the winning track after a 2-1 loss at No. 6/8 Georgetown last weekend. Senior Andy Huftalin continued his dominance up top as the striker netted two goals and added a pair of assists in the win over the Panthers, while on the other end of the pitch redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon (0.63 GAA) was credited with his eighth shutout of the season.
Seton Hall Pirates (6-8-0, 2-3-0 BIG EAST)
Seton Hall has seen a resurgence under first-year head coach Gerson Echeverry. The Pirates went 6-5-0 in their first 11 games this season, matching last year’s win total, but have since lost three straight, including back-to-back contests against nationally top-10 ranked Blue Division opponents Notre Dame (L, 1-6) and Connecticut (L, 0-4). Seton Hall’s offensive unit is led by forward Max Garcia with 15 points, including a team-high six goals and three assists. Classmate George Velasquez has also added 11 points on four goals and three assists. Goalkeepers Michael Kuzan and Kevin Bonder have split time between the posts. Each has one shutout in seven matches played.
The series wit-h Seton Hall dates back to the 2005 season, MU’s first year as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, and the two teams have played each year since. Seton Hall leads the all-time series 3-2-2, but Marquette has won the last two match-ups following back-to-back draws against the Pirates and have not lost to SHU since the 2007 campaign. MU freshman C. Nortey scored three times in the first 35 minutes of the match in last year’s 3-0 victory in South Orange, N.J. Marquette edged the Pirates 3-2 in overtime on Bryan Ciesiulka’s golden goal in the 97th minute the last time MU hosted Seton Hall back in 2010.
The Last Meeting
October 22, 2011
South Orange, N.J.
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 as high as 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.
Huftalin Finding His Niche
Senior striker Andy Huftalin tallied his team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season while adding two assists in a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Twenty one of his 28 career points have come this season. Huftalin has recorded a remarkable 12 points in the teams last four matches, including the six-point effort against the Panthers and a two-goal performance in a 3-2 win over nationally ranked UConn.
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. For more information, please visit www.bigeast.org.
Help Ciesiulka & FMSC Fight Hunger
Marquette junior Bryan Ciesiulka will host a "MobilePack" event on Jan. 20, 2013, to benefit the Feed My Starving Children organization, a non-profit entity committed to feeding those who are hungry in body and in spirit. Ciesiulka is attempting to raise a minimum of $22,000 and organize a group of at least 500 volunteers for the Marquette MobilePack event. Together, they will hand-pack 100,000 meals for malnourished children in over 70 countries around the world. To learn how you can "Be the Difference" and offer your support, visit Fundraising.FMSC.org/Marquette.