Marquette Hosts Butler on Senior Night Saturday
Oct. 30, 2015
• 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.
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• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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 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.
• 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.
• 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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