Marquette Soccer Hosts Providence on Wednesday

Daniel Szczepanek
Oct. 27, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 14
Marquette (5-7-2, 1-4-1 BIG EAST) vs. Providence (6-5-2, 2-3-1 BIG EAST)
Date Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men's soccer team will host its final two games of the 2015 season this week, beginning with Providence on Wednesday, Oct. 28, followed by a Senior Night match-up against Butler Halloween night.

The Last Meeting
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October 22, 2014
Valley Fields
No. 15 Marquette and No. 23 Providence Tie 1-1
In a rematch of the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship final, the No. 15 Marquette University men's soccer team (7-3-3, 1-1-3) and the visiting No. 23-ranked Providence Friars (8-2-2, 3-0-2) played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Valley Fields.

• With three games remaining in the regular season, only three points separate the ninth-place Golden Eagles (4 points) with Providence (7 points) and DePaul (7 points), which are tied for fifth place in the BIG EAST standings. All three of MU's remaining games are against teams currently in position to make the conference tournament.

• Marquette can even the all-time series against Providence with a win on Wednesday night as the Friars enter play with a 5-4-1 series lead dating back to their first-ever meeting in 2006. The two teams tied, 1-1, in their previous meeting last season before the Friars made their run to the Final Four.

• The Golden Eagles are coming off a disappointing 1-0 overtime loss on the road to Xavier last Saturday, while the Friars played to a scoreless draw at home against DePaul.

• Redshirt senior Kelmend Islami continues his breakout season after scoring a career-high sixth goal of the year against Creighton. He added four shots, including two on target in the overtime setback to Xavier and leads MU with 13 points this season.


FOLLOW IT LIVE
• Wednesday's home match against Providence will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and available via the Fox Sports Go app and FoxSportsGo.com. Live stats links will also be available and can be found via GoMarquette.com. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

• As always, follow Marquette Soccer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Live in-game updates are available via Twitter. Join the conversation by using #MarquetteSoccer.


SCOUTING THE FRIARS
• Providence enters Wednesday's match with a 6-5-2 overall record and a 2-3-1 mark in conference play following a scoreless draw at home to DePaul last Saturday.

• The Friars are 1-2-2 in overtime games this season following Saturday's draw to DePaul. Providence held the convincing edge in shots, 24-12, led by Mac Steeves' 12, including five shots on net. The Friars finished with 11 shots on goal and a 12-3 advantage in corner kicks.

• PC has outscored opponents this season, 18-12, with Mac Steeves' leading the way offensively, ranking second in the BIG EAST with 22 points on 10 goals and two assists. He led the team with 12 shots in the tie against DePaul. The next closest point scorer for the Friars is Julian Gressel with nine points on two goals and five assists.

• In net, Ben Seguljic recorded his fifth shutout of the season against DePaul. He has allowed just 12 goals in all 13 starts for the Friars, registering 33 saves, a 0.88 GAA and a .733 save percentage.

• After Wednesday's game against MU, the Friars will close out the regular season with home games against No. 1 Creighton and St. John's.


UP NEXT
• The Golden Eagles return home for its final two regular season games at Valley Fields, beginning with Wednesday's match against Providence. MU will close out the home schedule Saturday, Oct. 31 in a Halloween and Senior Night match-up against Butler.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles played their fifth overtime game of the season in a 1-0 loss to Xavier last Saturday night in Cincinnati. After a superb defensive effort for nearly 95 minutes, the Musketeers were able to escape with a victory by the narrowest of margins.

• The match was treated as a must-win for the Golden Eagles going into play and they created their fair share of scoring chances with Kelmend Islami leading the way with four shots, including two on target. MU would trail in the shots category, 12-10, but lead in shots on goal, 6-3, and corner kicks, 9-6.

• The loss dropped MU to 0-3-2 in overtime games this season.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. PROVIDENCE
• Marquette and Providence will meet for the 10th time in the all-time series that dates back to 2006 with the Friars leading by a narrow margin of 5-4-1.

• The two teams have met in each of the past nine seasons and the Golden Eagles are unbeaten in the previous five match-ups, going 4-0-1 over that span, after the Friars had won each of the first five meetings in the series.

• Last time both teams met was Oct. 22, 2014 in a rematch of the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. Unlike that title game that saw the Golden Eagles claim a 3-2 victory, both teams would play to a 1-1 draw. Julian Gressel put the Friars on the board first with a goal in the 42nd minute, but Jake Taylor tied it in the 63rd minute to earn MU a point.


THE STRETCH RUN
• With just three BIG EAST games remaining, there's still plenty of time for teams to jockey in position for one of the six postseason spots available. The Golden Eagles (1-4-1 BE) enter Wednesday's match against Providence in ninth place, but are just three points behind the Friars (2-3-1 BE) and DePaul (2-3-1 BE) for fifth place in the league standings.

• Marquette's remaining opponents (Providence, Butler, DePaul) all sit ahead of them in the standings and provide opportunities (with victories) to climb up the leaderboard and into a tournament spot before all is said and done on the final day of the regular season (Nov. 5).


SENIOR NIGHT SET FOR SATURDAY VS. BUTLER
• Marquette will close out the regular season home schedule by honoring six seniors during a very special pregame ceremony that precedes  the start of Saturday's contest against Butler at 7:05 p.m.

• Those to be honored include: C. Nortey, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Adam Hermsen, Patrick Schulz and Brady Walsh.


BIG EAST AMONG NATION'S ELITE CONFERENCES
• The BIG EAST Conference featured four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 preseason poll, including Georgetown at No. 3, Creighton at No. 6, Providence at No. 7 and Xavier at No. 19.

• Currently, Creighton leads the way with a No. 1 ranking in every major poll, including NSCAA and College Soccer News, while Georgetown is No. 7 in the NSCAA poll and Butler and is receiving votes.


ISLAMI MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
• Redshirt senior striker Kelmend Islami missed all of 2014, but has already set a personal single-season best for goals (6) and surpassed his previous career-best for points in a season as he sits with 13 so far.

• Islami's penalty kick goal in the win over Dayton (Sept. 7) was his third goal of the season, equaling one more than he had in any of his previous three seasons with Marquette. He added his fourth against NIU (Sept. 18). 

• He also accounted for the game winner at Wisconsin (Oct. 7).


MARQUETTE EARNS NSCAA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD
• For the seventh straight year the men's soccer program was honored with a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic awards list, ranking third among BIG EAST programs with a 3.37 team GPA.

• Marquette was one of 217 institutions across all divisions to have both their men's and women's teams recognized for this award - the seventh straight time MU has accomplished that feat.


 

 

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