Oct. 28, 2008
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- The Marquette men's soccer team (3-8-4, 1-6-2 BIG EAST) heads down the final stretch of the 2008 regular season this week, beginning with Wednesday's match at West Virginia (4-7-5, 2-3-4 BIG EAST). Kick off is set for 6 p.m. CT at Dick Diesk Soccer Stadium.
Marquette is still a postseason hopeful, but must win its last two games in order to have a shot at a berth in the conference tournament. The Mountaineers are also looking to secure a place in the BIG EAST tourney. WVU is coming off of back-to-back 1-0 losses to No. 6 Maryland and Georgetown, respectively.
MU will conclude the regular season Saturday at Georgetown.
West Virginia owns a 2-0-1 advantage in the all-time series. Marquette and WVU played to a scoreless draw last year at Valley Fields. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA/adidas rankings at the time. MU managed three shots in the contest, all in the first half. Marquette has played just once in Morgantown, W. Va., which resulted in a 4-0 decision for the Mountaineers back in 2006. The only other time these two teams have met was a 3-1 victory for WVU in 2005, Marquette’s first season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.
BIG EAST Tourney Still Within Sight
Even though Marquette currently sits in last place in the Blue Division standings with five points (1-5-2 BIG EAST), the Golden Eagles are still within reach of a postseason berth with two league games remaining. The top six teams in each division earn a spot in the 12-team BIG EAST Championship. In order to avoid any messy tie-breaker scenarios, Marquette would have to win at West Virginia and at Georgetown, in addition to any two of the following: (1) West Virginia loses to Notre Dame; (2) Seton Hall loses to UConn; (3) Pittsburgh loses to both UConn and Providence. All first round games of the BIG EAST Championship will be played on Nov. 5.
Last Time Out
Marquette dropped a 2-0 decision to Providence College this past Saturday in the last home match of the 2008 regular season at Valley Fields. The Friars scored twice in the first half, including an own goal, to hand the Golden Eagles their biggest loss since they fell 4-1 to Notre Dame to open BIG EAST play on Sept. 11.
About the Mountaineers
West Virginia boasts one of the top defensive units in the country, led by sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson. Ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll, the Mountaineers have struggled with consistency this season due to lack of offensive production. Johnson ranks 12th in NCAA Division I with a stingy 0.58 goals against average.