Shorthanded Golden Eagles Travel to West Virginia Wednesday

Oct. 26, 2010

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- With another three BIG EAST points on the line, the Marquette University men's soccer team will take to Dick Diesk Soccer Stadium for its last road match of the regular season Wednesday, Oct. 27, against West Virginia. Kickoff with the Mountaineers is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. Gametracker will be available on

The Golden Eagles (5-6-4, 2-3-2 BIG EAST) remained in fifth place in the Blue Division standings following a pair of losses last week. MU has not lost three in a row since early last season, but face a monumental task going up against the fourth-place Mountaineers (8-5-2, 4-3 BIG EAST) in Morgantown where WVU is 7-1 at home this season.

MU will be without starting central defender Michael Alfano and starting left wingers Amilcar Herrera due to injury. Head coach Louis Bennett, who will also be sidelined after received a red card last Saturday at Georgetown, is already without the services starting defender Eric Pothast and five other players who have been ruled out with season-ending injuries.

Bennett's squad can still finish as high as third place in the division with a win Wednesday at West Virginia and another victory Saturday against Seton Hall at Valley Fields. However, the Golden Eagles have still not secured a spot in the conference tournament as only the top six teams from each division will advance.

West Virginia is coming off a 3-2 overtime win over Seton Hall this past weekend and currently sits on 12 points, four better than MU heading into Wednesday's match.

Marquette will be looking for its first-ever win against WVU, as the Mountaineers own a 4-0-1 overall record in the all-time series.

• Marquette could still finish as high as third in the BIG EAST Conference Blue Division standings with a win at West Virginia, but with two games remaining in the regular season, the Golden Eagles are not yet assured a spot in the league’s postseason tournament.

• MU enters Wednesday’s divisional contest in fifth place having lost two straight matches following a 6-2 defeat at Georgetown and a 1-0 home loss to Providence last week ... The Golden Eagles have not lost three in a row since September 2009.

• Plagued by injury, the Golden Eagles travel to West Virginia without starting central defender Michael Alfano and starting left winger Amilcar Herrera ... Alfano led the team in minutes played going into last weekend and Herrera had participated in all 50 career matches before being ruled inactive for Wednesday ... A total of five MU players are currently out for the season with respective injuries.

• West Virginia sits in fourth place in the Blue Division standings, four points ahead of the Golden Eagles ... The Mountaineers are coming off a 3-2 overtime home win over Seton Hall to snap a two-game losing streak.

• The Mountaineers were ranked as high as No. 19 (Soccer America) back on Sept. 28 following a season-best four straight wins ... WVU has since gone 3-3-2.

• Marlon LeBlanc has led his squad to two NCAA tournament appearances in five season as head coach of the Mountaineers ... Offensively, WVU is paced by Moeryhan Doue with 13 points on three assists and a team-high five goals ... Goalkeeper Zach Johnson (0.95 GAA, four shutouts) has been a mainstay between the posts and is considered one of the top keepers in the nation.

• West Virginia holds a 4-0-1 advantage in the all-time series with Marquette ... The Mountaineers defeated MU 1-0 last season in Milwaukee ... Jason Bristol scored the game-winner in the 74th minute.





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