Men's Soccer Can Win Division Title Saturday At Home Against Pitt

Calum Mallace and the senior class will be recognized prior to Saturday's home match (7:05 p.m. CT) against Pittsburgh.

Oct. 28, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- All eyes will be on Valley Fields this Saturday, Oct. 29 as the Marquette University men's soccer team can clinch its first BIG EAST Conference Blue Division title with a home against Pittsburgh in the final match of the 2011 regular season.

Kick off against the Panthers is set for 7:05 p.m. Central time. There will be a brief ceremony beforehand to honor the Golden Eagles senior class. Also, join us for "Halloween at the Valley." The Trick-or-Treat Zone will open at 6:30 p.m.

Marquette students will recieve a free full-size candy bar for wearing a Halloween costume. A $100 gift card to the MU Spirit Shop will be awarded to the student with the best costume.

Admission to Marquette Soccer home games is free for students, $5 for adults and $2 for youth. Public parking is free. To contact the Ticket Office, call (414) 288-GOMU or go to GoMarquette.com/tickets.

Marquette (8-7-2, 6-2-0 BIG EAST) is currently first place in the Blue Division standings with 18 points in league matches, one point ahead of Connecticut, heading into the final day of the regular season Saturday against the Panthers (4-12-1, 2-6-0 BIG EAST).

Listen to the match online via live streaming audio, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio.

FOLLOW LIVE GAME ACTION
• Listen to the match live via streaming audio on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of WMUR Marquette Radio. Matt Trebby will have the call. Bookmark http://bit.ly/MURadio on your Internet web browser for quick access.

KEY STORYLINES
• Marquette enters the last game of the regular season Saturday night against Pittsburgh as the BIG EAST Blue Division leader with 18 points in league matches. A win over the Panthers  on “Senior Night” assures MU its first BIG EAST title and first regular season conference title since 2002 (Conference USA).

• MU clinched its third straight postseason berth under sixth-year head coach Louis Bennett with a 3-0 shutout victory last weekend at Seton Hall.

• Coach Bennett’s squad have secured at least one home match in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship. MU would clinch a first-round bye tourney and host a quarterfinal match if it was to finish in first or second place in the division standings.

• After beginning the season with a 1-4-0 record, the Golden Eagles have gone on to go unbeaten in nine of their last 12 matches with a 7-3-2 record during that stretch, including a 5-0-0 mark to begin BIG EAST action, its best-ever start in conference play.

•  The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region for the second straight week. MU also tabbed their first-ever national ranking of the Louis Bennett-era as MU was tabbed No. 30 in the Oct. 17 College Soccer News poll. Marquette is ranked No. 20 this week by Goal.com.

• Marquette is coming off a 3-0 loss at No. 5/2 Connecticut but continue to lead the BIG EAST Blue Division, one point ahead of the Huskies, who play Saturday night at Seton Hall. Pittsburgh has lost five straight and are 0-5-0 in road matches this season.

SERIES HISTORY
Pittsburgh leads the all-time series against Marquette with a 4-1-1 record dating back to the 2005 season, MU’s first year in the BIG EAST Conference. However, the Golden Eagles have taken four points off of Pitt in the previous two matches; MU won 5-0 at Valley Fields back in 2009 and drew 2-2 last season at Pittsburgh.

GOLDEN EAGLES EARN BIG EAST HONORS
C. Nortey was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second time this season following his three-goal performance at Seton Hall on Oct. 22. (MU’s Sebastian Jansson was the reigning BIG EAST Rookie of the Week). Calum Mallace was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.


 

 

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