Golden Eagles Travel To Seton Hall For Saturday Matinee

Junior David Check enters Saturday's match with eight career shutouts.

Oct. 21, 2011

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Head coach Louis Bennettand the Marquette University men's soccer team look to rebound Saturday from their first BIG EAST Conference loss of the season earlier this week, as the Golden Eagles travel to Seton Hall. Kick off against the Pirates is scheduled for noon Central time at Owen T. Carroll Field.

Marquette (7-6-2) is unbeaten in eight of its last 10 matches and is top of the table in the Blue Division standings with 15 points and a 5-1-0 record in league play. Meanwhile, the Pirates (4-8-2, 0-5-0 BIG EAST) are still looking for their first conference victory.

FOLLOW GAME ACTION
• Listen to the match live via streaming audio on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio. Matt Trebby will have the call. Bookmark http://bit.ly/MURadio on your Internet web browser for quick access.

KEY STORYLINES
• MU is coming off a 3-2 loss to No. 24/nr Georgetown this past Wednesday on a cold, rainy evening at Valley Fields. Five goals were scored despite wind gusts up to 50 mph. Georgetown netted the opening goal, but MU rallied in the first half to take a 2-1 lead on a Calum Mallace goal in the 36th minute. However, the Hoyas’ Steve Neumann scored twice in the final 11 minutes to help snap MU’s three-game winning streak.

• MU is receiving votes this week in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls, respectively, and is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region. Marquette also garnered its first national ranking of the Louis Bennett-era as the Golden Eagles were tabbed No. 30 this week by College Soccer News.

• Marquette (5-1-0 BIG EAST) currently sits atop the Blue Division standings with 15 points. MU began league play with a perfect 5-0-0 mark, its best-ever start in program history.

• Seton Hall has lost five straight matches entering Saturday’s contest, and the Pirates are 2-4-2 at home this season, including a 0-0 draw against previously top-ranked Maryland back on Sept. 20. Seton Hall has since dropped six out of seven games. The Pirates’ lone win during that stretch was a 1-0 shutout against Columbia in non-conference action.

GOLDEN EAGLES GARNER WEEKLY AWARDS
• Midfielder Sebastian Jansson and goalkeeper David Check earned national attention following Marquette’s back-to-back wins over No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 23 West Virginia last week.

• Jansson was named to the College Soccer News and Soccer America Team of the Week, while picking up BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors. Check was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time in his career for his shutout over the Irish.

SERIES HISTORY
• Seton Halls owns a 1-3-2 all-time record in the overall series. Each of the previous three meetings have gone into extra time.

• Marquette tallied its first-ever win over the Pirates last season with a 3-2 decision in double-overtime. Bryan Ciesiulka scored the game-winner in the 96th minute, assisted by Calum Mallace and Anthony Selvaggi.

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