Marquette Hosts Butler on Senior Night Saturday

C. Nortey
Oct. 30, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 16
Marquette (5-8-2, 1-5-1 BIG EAST) vs. Butler (8-4-3, 4-3-0 BIG EAST)
Date Saturday, Oct. 31 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team readies for its home finale and Senior Night match-up against Butler on Halloween Night. Prior to kickoff, the Golden Eagles will honor the distinguished careers of C. Nortey, Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Brady Walsh and Patrick Schulz.

The Last Meeting
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October 15, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind.
No. 7 Marquette Falls 1-0 at Butler
The Marquette University (7-3-1, 1-1-1 BIG EAST) men's soccer team had its unbeaten streak - and the nation's longest active shutout streak - snapped at eight games Wednesday as Butler's (5-5-3, 1-3-0) seventh-minute tally by Jeff Adkins was the difference in a 1-0 Bulldogs' victory.

• Despite Wednesday’s loss to Providence, Marquette still finds itself just six points back and in contention for one of the final BIG EAST tournament spots. As it stands, the Golden Eagles will need to win each of their final two regular season games against Butler and DePaul and hope for a little help from around the league to clinch a postseason berth.

• Butler enters Saturday’s contest receiving ranking votes in the latest NSCAA Coaches’ Poll. The Bulldogs are Marquette’s sixth opponent this season that have been either ranked or receiving votes according to the NSCAA at the time of the meeting.

• Marquette leads the all-time series against Butler by a 4-2 margin and is 3-0 against the Bulldogs at home. Butler snapped a three-game losing skid to the Golden Eagles with a 1-0 home win last year.

• Against Providence, all three Marquette goals were scored by seniors as Kelmend Islami scored twice in the first half to bring his season total to a career-high and team-leading eight goals, while C. Nortey capitalized on his 30th career tally that moved him into sixth place in the MU record book.


FOLLOW IT LIVE
• Saturday’s home finale against Butler 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 BULLDOGS
• Butler enters Saturday with an 8-4-3 overall record with a 4-3-0 mark in BIG EAST action. The Bulldogs look poised to clinch a BIG EAST tournament spot, but fell from third to fourth place following a 1-0 setback to DePaul last time out.

• The Bulldogs allowed DePaul to score less than 8 minutes into their contest on Wednesday and then were unable to penetrate the Blue Demons lock-tight defense the rest of the way as they packed it in defensively. Butler outshot DePaul 20-5 with five shots landing on target. They also garnered six corner kicks without surrendering one.

• Butler has outscored opponents 26-15 this year and it ranks third in the league with 1.73 goals per game. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Vincent Mitchell’s 21 points on nine goals and three assists. He ranks third in the league in goals and fourth in points. David Goldsmith’s 13 points on six goals and an assist are good for second on the team.

• In net, Eric Dick has played every minute for the Bulldogs this season. His 0.96 goals against average is fourth-best in the league, while his .795 save percentage ranks third in the BIG EAST. Dick has also made 58 saves on the year, which is third-most in the conference.


UP NEXT
• The Golden Eagles will play the regular season finale on the road at DePaul Thursday, Nov. 5. Marquette is 24-4-1 all-time against the Blue Demons. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Central time.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles dropped a high-scoring affair to visiting Providence on Wednesday, falling 4-3 in regulation.

Kelmend Islami scored two first-half goals to give MU a 2-1 lead at the break. However, less than 5 minutes into the second half, the Golden Eagles surrendered the lead as Providence scored twice to take a 3-2 advantage in the 50th minute.

C. Nortey notched his fourth goal of the season and 30th of his career on an impressive flying header that tied the game in the 86th minute. But before the MU faithful were through celebrating the goal, the Friars had retaken the lead, one in which they would not relinquish.

• Providence outshot MU 20-13, while MU held the advantage in corner kicks, 9-5. Luis Barraza made four saves for MU in the loss.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BUTLER
• Saturday marks the seventh meeting all-time between both sides as Marquette currently holds a 4-2-0 edge in the series that dates back to 1990 when the Golden Eagles earned a 2-1 win in Milwaukee.

• Last year’s meeting in Indianapolis saw the Bulldogs snap a three-game losing streak to then-No. 7-ranked MU after earning a 1-0 win on Oct. 15, 2014. Jeff Adkins scored the lone goal less than 7 minutes into the contest and it stood despite Marquette holding a 15-7 edge in shots, including a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.

• The Golden Eagles have won all three meetings against the Bulldogs in Milwaukee with a 9-4 scoring margin over that span. The last time both teams met at Valley Fields was Oct. 9, 2013 when MU pulled out a 3-2 win in double-overtime thanks to C. Nortey’s game-winner in the 106th minute.


THANK YOU SENIORS
• On Saturday, Marquette will honor six seniors that were apart of the greatest era of Marquette Soccer the program has ever seen. To be honored are the following: C. Nortey, Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Patrick Schulz and Brady Walsh.

• Collectively, this group’s successes were highlighted by a pair of regular season BIG EAST Championships, one BIG EAST tournament title and back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances, including a 2013 run to the Sweet 16.


THE STRETCH RUN
• Despite the loss to Providence on Wednesday, the Golden Eagles still have a chance at a BIG EAST tournament bid, but they will have to win their final two games and hope for a little help from around the league to do so.

• Marquette currently sits on four points and in ninth place, but within reach of DePaul, which is tied with Providence for fifth place with 10 points. In seventh is Villanova (9 pts), followed by St. John’s (5 pts) in eighth.


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 (8) and surpassed his previous career-best for points in a season as he sits with 17 so far.

• Islami scored twice in the first half against Providence, which marked the second time this year he has recorded two goals in a single game.


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.


MARQUETTE ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED BY THE BIG EAST
• Marquette has earned tremendous individual recognition by the BIG EAST Conference this season for their exceptional play on the field. Most recently honored were Luis Barraza (Goalkeeper of the Week) and David Selvaggi (Honor Roll) during the week of Oct. 6-13.

• Senior C. Nortey claimed his first weekly honor after totaling five points in a pair of contests for the period between Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

• Freshman Ruben Sanchez was honored for his outstanding efforts in helping keep St. John’s off the board in a scoreless draw to open BIG EAST play as the league named him Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29.

• Earlier this season, junior Jake Taylor was recognized for his game-winning goal against Omaha on Sept. 11.

• Junior midfielder Louis Bennett II was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday, Sept. 7, following his late-game heroics in the team’s 1-1 draw at UW-Milwaukee, Sept. 4, to retain possession of the coveted Milwaukee Cup.

• Prior to that, freshman Luis Barraza took home the honor in the season’s first set of weekly awards after going 1-1-0 with 11 saves in two starts during opening weekend.


NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT
• Four out of the six newcomers made appearances in the season opener against Oregon State with Luis Barraza getting the start in net. He made eight saves in his debut.

• Fellow freshman Ruben Sanchez has made nine starts, filling in for injured redshirt freshman Danny Jarosz, while freshman Jesper Larsson (1 goal, 1 assist) and Toby Howell have also received starts, while also seeing significant playing time off the bench. Ben Tweedie earned his first career start against Wisconsin Oct. 7, and has been a fixture in the starting lineup ever since.

• Marquette boasted yet another Top-15 recruiting class in 2015 according to Top Drawer Soccer - their third Top-15 class in as many years.

• This year’s freshman class includes: Luis Barraza (Santa Teresa, New Mexico), Toby Howell (Bradenton, Florida), Jesper Larsson (Falkenburg, Sweden), Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Illinois), Ben Tweedie (Naples, Florida), and Kees Westra (Monroe, Washington).

• Sanchez (midfielder) and Westra (defender) ranked among the IMG Academy’s Top-75 recruits coming out of high school, while Barraza (goalkeeper) led Real Salt Lake-Arizona to the U.S. Development Academy championship this past summer.


 

 

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