Marquette Hosts No. 21 Butler on Senior Night Saturday

Oct. 27, 2017

2017 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 15
Marquette (3-9-2, 3-3-1 BIG EAST) vs. No. 21 Butler (10-4-1, 6-1-0 BIG EAST)
Date Saturday, Oct. 28 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men's soccer team can clinch a BIG EAST Conference tournament spot as soon as Saturday when it plays host to No. 21 Butler in the regular season home finale at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles will honor five seniors during a pregame ceremony prior to scheduled kickoff at 7:05 p.m. Central time.

• The offense erupted on Wednesday, tying a season-high for goals in a 4-3 win over Creighton. The win leapfrogged MU over the ‘Jays in the BIG EAST standings into fifth place with 10 points.

The Last Meeting
October 29, 2016
Indianapolis, Ind.
Golden Eagles Fall at No. 15 Butler, 2-1
Sophomore Diego Núñez's scored his second goal of the season in the sixth minute, but Marquette fell to No. 15 Butler, 2-1, on the road.

• In a series dating back to 1990, the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs have split their eight meetings all-time. Marquette took four of the first five meetings, while Butler is riding three-straight wins.

• Saturday’s match will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network at 7:05 p.m. Central time with Patrick Reed on the call along with Jenny Fischer reporting from the sideline.

• Take the lid off: Half of Marquette’s 16 goals scored in 2017 have come in a pair of four-goal victories at home. The latest was against a Creighton squad that had entered Wednesday’s match allowing a shade above one goal per game.

• Senior Night: Marquette’s five seniors to be honored during a pregame ceremony on Saturday include: Daniel Szczepanek, Jack Alberts, Brody Kraussel, Jason Davis, and student assistant coach Danny Jarosz.

• Marquette enjoyed a dream start against a Creighton team that entered Wednesday’s match receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. MU raced out to a 4-0 lead before holding on for the 4-3 win. Connor Alba got the scoring started in the 5th minute, followed by Manuel Cukaj (18’), Grant Owens (33’) and Ruben Sanchez (61’). For Cukaj and Sanchez, it was their first career goal. The ‘Jays scored three unanswered in the 63rd, 83rd and 90th.

Luka Prpa tied a program-record for single-game assists, helping on each Golden Eagle tally. Noah Heim - who celebrated a birthday on Wednesday - made eight saves, including seven first half stops, en route to his first career victory. Creighton held the edge in shots 31-20 (11-10 SOG).

• Butler reemerged in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week at No. 21 and promptly overtook Georgetown atop the league standings following its 2-0 win at Seton Hall on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are 10-4-1 overall, 6-1-0 in the BIG EAST and unbeaten and unscored upon in four straight (3-0-1), including a draw vs. then-No. 1 and the nation’s only remaining unbeaten team, Indiana. Butler’s lone league loss came at the hands of Georgetown (Oct. 6) on the road by a 3-0 decision.

• Brandon Guhl leads the BIG EAST with 21 points on nine goals and three assists with Lewis Suddick (5G, 5A) and his league-leading four game-winning goals close behind. In net, Eric Dick ranks third in the BIG EAST in goals against average (0.83) and save percentage (.810). He sports a 10-3-1 record and is tied with Georgetown’s JT Marcinkowski for the league-lead with eight shutouts.

• Marquette closes out the regular season at DePaul on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in a match that could potentially have BIG EAST tournament implications. Start time is set for noon Central time with live streaming available via BIG EAST Digital Network and FOX Sports GO.

• Marquette and Butler have split the first eight meetings in a series that dates back to 1990. Six have been decided by a single goal. The Golden Eagles took four of the first five matchups, while the Bulldogs are riding a three-match winning streak. Two of those three victories have been by a single goal, each taking place in Indianapolis, including last season’s 2-1 triumph.

• Last year, Diego Núñez spotted MU an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Lewis Suddick answered back in the 16th to make it 1-1 at halftime. Then in the 66th, David Goldsmith headed in the game-winner for the Bulldogs.

• The last Marquette win in the series came during the team’s BIG EAST tournament championship run in 2013 when it defeated Butler, 1-0, in the league tournament semifinal on the way to the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

• The Marquette University men’s soccer program was launched in 1964. That season, the “Warriors” (as the MU athletic teams were then called) finished with a 5-1-2 overall record with the first program win coming in the very first game, a 6-2 victory over Illinois on Sept. 19. On Wednesday, the Golden Eagles collected win No. 400 all-time with a 4-3 triumph over Creighton at Valley Fields.

• Other milestone wins include: No. 100: 3-1 vs. UIC (Sept. 1, 1984); No. 200: 1-0 (OT) vs. UW-Green Bay (Oct. 22, 1993); No. 300: 2-1 (OT) vs. UAB (Oct. 27, 2002); No. 400: 4-3 vs. Creighton (Oct. 25, 2017).

• All four century milestone wins have occurred on Marquette’s home field and the latter three occurring in the same calender week.

• In the win over Creighton on Oct. 25, sophomore Luka Prpa assisted on all four of Marquette’s goals, tying three others for the single-game record in program history.

• Prpa now shares the honor with Cory Butler (vs. Butler-1994), Derek Gutierrez (vs. East Carolina-2003), and Anthony Colaizzi (vs. Pittsburgh-2009).

• For the ninth consecutive season, the Marquette men’s and women’s soccer programs were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches for their excellence in the classroom, earning the Team Academic award for the 2016-17 academic year.

• Each year, the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) honor college programs for their exemplary performance in the classroom that meet or exceed a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Individually, sophomore Luka Prpa led the way with a 4.0 GPA in each semester.

Keep up with the Marquette men's soccer program through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteSoccer) and `liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteSoccer).




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