No. 16 MU Travels To St. John's Wednesday

Head coach Louis Bennett and the Golden Eagles travel to St. John's for a Wednesday night match that will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Oct. 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team looks to make history Wednesday, Oct. 23, when the squad travels to Queens, N.Y. for a mid-week BIG EAST Conference match at St. John's. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Central time.

Marquette is 5-0-0 in BIG EAST action in 2013 and will be seeking its sixth straight win to open league play for the first time in the history of the men's soccer program.

Wednesday's match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Key Storylines
• No. 16 Marquette (9-3-1, 5-0-0 BIG EAST) enters Wednesday's match at St. John's with a five-point lead in the BIG EAST Conference standings. Meanwhile, the Red Storm (7-5-1, 0-3-1 BIG EAST) are looking for their first league victory.

• The Golden Eagles have won four straight, currently the longest winning streak among the 10 conference teams, and are winners of six of their last seven matches.

• MU is undefeated in five BIG EAST matches. Marquette has never won six straight league games to open a season; the first and only other time the program opened with a 5-0-0 mark in league play was 1997. All five victories have been decided by one goal, including four 1-0 shutouts. Two of those five games were decided in extra time.

• Marquette has won two straight matches away from Valley Fields and are 4-2-0 on the road this season with a pair of one-goal losses. MU dropped its season opener at Milwaukee, 2-1, and fell 1-0 at Wisconsin. St. John's wraps up a three-game homestand Wednesday night. The Red Storm is 7-1-0 at Belson Stadium with their lone home loss coming earlier this month vs. Providence, 1-0.

Golden Eagles Movin' On Up
• Marquette was listed at No. 5 in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA earlier this week, its highest position ever. MU also moved up in the national polls, checking in as high as No. 14 ( It's the highest the squad has been ranked since being ranked as high as No. 8 in the preseason polls. The Golden Eagles were No. 16 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll.

Marquette Players Nationally Recognized
• Three-year co-captain and preseason All-American Bryan Ciesiulka was named one of 10 finalists for the men's soccer Senior CLASS Award on Oct. 16. The award is tabbed "the nation's premier award for NCAA senior student-athletes." Candidates are chosen based on notable achievements in four aread of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.

Axel Sjoberg, a 6-foot-7 center back, this week was named National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

• Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon garnered BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition this week after posting his fourth shutout in league play and seventh clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win at Providence last Saturday.

• announced its mid-season National Top 100 College Soccer Player Rankings as well as its Freshmen Top 100, and Marquette was represented on both lists. C. Nortey was the highest-ranked MU player at No. 11 overall, followed by Axel Sjoberg (No. 23), Charlie Lyon (No. 56) and senior midfield maestro Bryan Ciesiulka (No. 59). Forward Coco Navarro was listed as the 31st best freshman in NCAA Division I and midfielder Louis Bennett II was No. 41.

About the Marquette Golden Eagles
Louis Bennett is in his eighth year as head coach at Marquette. The Golden Eagles tied a program record for wins in 2012, coming off a 16-4-1 overall mark a season ago that saw MU climb as high as No. 2 in the national polls. MU welcomed a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2013 while returning nine starters and a number of key reserves from last year's squad that earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.

• Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by redshirt sophomore C. Nortey's 16 points and team-best seven goals. Freshmen Louis Bennett and Coco Navarro II have combined for six goals and seven assists and are second and third on the squad with 10 and nine points, respectively.

• Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon has posted 17 career shutouts, including seven clean sheets this season. He is currently the school's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.82) and boasts a 25-8-2 record in 35 starts between the posts.




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