Marquette Travels to DePaul For Regular Season Finale

Oct. 31, 2017

2017 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 16
Marquette (3-10-2, 3-4-1 BIG EAST) at DePaul (4-11-2, 1-6-1 BIG EAST)
Date Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 12:05 p.m. CT
Location Wish Field | Chicago
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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men's soccer team can clinch one of the final two BIG EAST tournament spots when it travels to Chicago to face DePaul in the regular season finale on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles can win, lose or draw, but will need a little help from members from around the league, regardless, in order to get in. Kickoff is slated for 12:05 p.m. at Wish Field with coverage airing live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. 

KEY STORYLINES
• It all comes down to this: The final day of the regular season has Marquette is in the mix with both Creighton and Providence for the final two seeds in the BIG EAST tournament. MU can can get in win, lose or draw, but will need help from around the league to make their first tourney since 2014.

The Last Meeting
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November 3, 2016
Valley Fields
MU Pitches 1-0 Shutout Over DePaul on Senior Night
Seniors John Pothast and Mac Wheeler led the Marquette University men's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout over DePaul in their final game at Valley Fields on Thursday night.

• Marquette leads DePaul, 25-5-1, in a series that dates back to 1982. The home team has claimed each of the previous six meetings, including MU’s 1-0 victory in Milwaukee last season. Meanwhile, DePaul has taken each of the previous four meetings in Chicago dating back to 2004.

• Wednesday’s match will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network at 12:05 p.m. Central time.

• Take the lid off: Nearly half of Marquette’s 17 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 play allowing a shade above one goal per game.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles snapped Butler’s 400-plus scoreless minutes streak on Saturday, but was unable to overcome two quick goals in the opening 2 minutes of the second half and fell 2-1. After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs notched a pair of goals just 41 seconds apart. MU played solid the rest of the way, but was only able to get a goal from Connor Alba in the 72nd minute.

• Marquette held the edge in shots (21-10) and corners (13-6), but one of the league’s top keepers, Eric Dick, made nine saves in a win that clinched the BIG EAST regular season title for the Bulldogs.


SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS
• DePaul is already eliminated from postseason contention, but put its best foot forward last time out in a narrow 2-0 setback at Creighton, holding the powerful Bluejay offense scoreless for the first 73 minutes. The Blue Demons rate last in the BIG EAST with record of 4-11-2 (1-6-1 BIG EAST), including their lone league win against Villanova (1-0) at home. DPU has scored just 17 goals (last in the BIG EAST) this season - the same as Marquette - but only three during conference play. The team is looking to snap a streak of four consecutive shutouts with their last league goal coming in a 2-1 loss at Seton Hall (Oct. 7).

• Philipp Konigstein leads DPU with 14 points on six goals and two assists, followed by Stijn Van der Slot and Istvan Wilhelms with 11 and 10 points, respectively. In net, Quentin Low sports a 1.48 GAA and a .729 save percentage in 17 starts.


COMING UP NEXT
• Marquette will await its fate as the final two BIG EAST tournament spots get sorted out on Wednesday. The tournament, which begins Saturday, will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and FOX Sports GO with the championship (Nov. 12) airing live on Fox Sports 2.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DEPAUL
• Marquette and DePaul meet for the 32nd time in a series dating back to 1982. The Golden Eagles hold the considerable edge (25-5-1) thanks to a dominating start to the series that saw MU go unbeaten in the first 23 match-ups (22-0-1). However, since 2004, DePaul has held a 5-3 edge and is unbeaten and untied on its home turf in each of the previous four meetings in Chicago. The home team has won each of the past six meetings dating back to 2009 with MU going 3-0 at Valley Fields.

• The last time Marquette stole a win against DePaul in Chicago was back in 2002. Bryan Godfrey scored both goals in a 2-1 win and the Golden Eagles claimed the Conference-USA regular season title.


NOVEMBER MADNESS AS TEAMS JOCKEY FOR BIG EAST TOURNAMENT BERTHS
• Wednesday marks the final day of the regular season for teams in the BIG EAST Conference and it’s between Marquette, Creighton and Providence for the final two spots in the six-team league tournament, which begins Saturday, Nov. 4. 

• The Golden Eagles take on DePaul, while Providence hosts St. John’s and Creighton faces Georgetown on the road. SJU holds the tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed after its win over the Hoyas on Saturday, which helps Marquette claim the tiebreaker over Providence thanks to MU’s 1-0 win over the Red Storm earlier this season. If the Golden Eagles finish even with Providence in the standings and St. John’s finishes with the No. 2 seed, the Golden Eagles are in.

• If Wednesday’s game ends in a draw for MU, it can still clinch a berth with a PC loss or a PC draw and a Creighton win or draw, while a loss would mean that PC would need to lose in order for the Golden Eagles to back into a tournament spot.


Luka Prpa TIES SINGLE-GAME ASSISTS RECORD, EARNS BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
• 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 and earning a spot on the BIG EAST’s Weekly Honor Roll. He became the fifth Golden Eagle honored by the league this season, joining Daniel Szczepanek (Sept. 25), Jason Davis (Oct. 2), Diego Núñez (Oct. 9) and Connor Alba (Oct. 16).

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


MARQUETTE CAPTURES 400TH PROGRAM VICTORY
• 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.


MARQUETTE CLAIMS TEAM ACADEMIC HONOR FROM UNITED SOCCER COACHES
• 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.


MEN’S SOCCER EXCELS IN THE CLASSROOM
• The Marquette men’s soccer team placed 12 student-athletes on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. MU as a whole placed nearly 200 student-athletes recognized by the league for the 2016-17 academic year.


BIG EAST IN THE POLLS
• Georgetown’s tough week dropped it eight spots to No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, while two wins for Butler moved it up six spots to No. 15. Meanwhile, Creighton, which was receiving votes last week, has fallen out of the poll after its loss to Marquette.

• The league sent four teams to the NCAA tournament in 2016 in Providence, Creighton, Butler and Villanova. Following a Sweet 16 match-up of league schools, Providence defeated Creighton before its dream run ended with a double overtime loss to UNC in the Elite 8.


 

 

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