Oct. 25, 2013
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MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University men's soccer will host Georgetown University at Valley Fields Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Central time in a bout between two top BIG EAST Conference squads.
The match will be streamed live on GoMarquette.com and live stats will be available via Gametracker by clicking the links at the top of the page.
The Last Meeting
October 13, 2012
No. 10/14 Hoyas Hold Off No. 4/2 Marquette, 2-1
Things in the BIG EAST Blue Division just got more interesting as the previously undefeated No. 4/2 Marquette men's soccer team dropped its first match of the season Saturday, 2-1, to No. 10/14 Georgetown at North Kehoe Field.
Saturday's match between No. 16 Marquette (9-3-2, 5-0-1 BIG EAST) and No. 9 Georgetown (11-3-1, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) features two of the most successful men's soccer programs in NCAA Division I over the past two seasons. Entering this weekend, the two sides have won a combined 55 matches going back to the 2012 season opener. The Hoyas are coming off a BIG EAST division title a year ago and finished as the national runner-up after an appearing in the championship match of the 2012 College Cup.
Marquette has an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the 2013 BIG EAST regular-season title Saturday with a win over league rival Georgetown. The Golden Eagles (16 pts), who are currently in first place with a three-point lead over the Hoyas (13 pts), would also need Providence (12 pts) to draw at Xavier (12 pts) Saturday night in Cincinnati. MU last captured a BIG EAST Blue Division title in 2011. The league did away with divisions this year with the re-structuring of a 10-team conference over the summer.
The Golden Eagles are off to their best start ever in conference play as the only unbeaten team in the BIG EAST through six matches. MU also boasts the league's longest current unbeaten streak at five games heading into Saturday. Marquette won its first five conference games by one goal, including four 1-0 shutouts, prior to settling for a 0-0 draw at St. John's on Wednesday.
Georgetown defeated Marquette 3-2 the last time the Hoyas traveled to Milwaukee. Poor field conditions due to inclement weather forced the match to be moved to the artificial turf pitch at Valley Fields just 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Since that loss, the Golden Eagles own an impressive 14-1-2 mark in home regular-season matches.
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 (TopDrawerSoccer.com). 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 areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition. Online fan voting runs through Nov. 25 at SeniorClassAward.com.
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.
About the Marquette Golden Eagles
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 18 career shutouts, including three in a row and a total of eight clean sheets this season. He is currently the school's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.79) and boasts a 25-8-3 record in 36 starts between the posts.