Men's Soccer
Marquette Travels To Louisville For Quarterfinal Match-Up Saturday

Sophomore Kelmend Islami had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-0 opening-round win over Cincinnati.

Sophomore Kelmend Islami had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-0 opening-round win over Cincinnati.

Nov. 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE -- Marquette (No. 4 Blue) heads to Louisville, Ky., for a BIG EAST Conference quarterfinal match against the Louisville Cardinals, the top seed in the Red Division, on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff at Cardinal Park is set for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET).

Live Broadcasts
WMUR Marquette Radio will broadcast its 15th match of the season Saturday with play-by-play voice Matt Trebby calling the action. Live streaming audio can be heard online at http://www.marquetteradio.org/listen/. Live streaming video, courtesy of UofL, will also be available on Cards TV at www.UofLSports.com. You can also receive in-game updates on Twitter by following @marquettesoccer.

Key Storylines
* Saturday's contest is a rematch of the 2011 quarterfinal match in Milwaukee, Wis., between the Golden Eagles and the Cardinals. Louisville escaped Valley Fields with a 1-0 victory on a goal by current Houston Dynamo (MLS) rookie Colin Rolfe, who notched the decisive tally in the 23rd minute.

* MU (15-2-1) is making its fourth straight postseason appearance under seventh-year head coach Louis Bennett, including third consecutive trip to the BIG EAST quarterfinals. Marquette is looking to earn its first-ever appearance in the semifinals since joining the league in 2005.

* No. 12/24 Louisville (12-4-1) marks the fourth top-25 opponent that the Golden Eagles will face this season. No. 10/7 Marquette, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 (Soccer America and College Soccer News) in the nation, closed the regular season with a loss and a draw, respectively, in a home-and-home series against then No. 8/7 ranked Notre Dame. MU defeated No. 2/2 UConn, 3-2, at home earlier this season.

* Marquette would earn its first trip to Red Bull Arena and the BIG EAST semifinals since joining the league in 2005 with a win over the Cardinals on Saturday as well as match the school's all-time record for wins in a season (16) set in 1994.

Last Time Out
Marquette defeated Cincinnati, the No. 5 seed in the Red Division, by a final score of 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the first round of the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship at Valley Fields. For the third straight match redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg tallied the opening score with a header in the 21st minute to give MU an early 1-0 lead. Kelmend Islami made it 2-0 later just before halftime and Andy Huftalin added his team-leading 10th goal of the season in the 82nd minute to put it away. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon made six saves in preserving his 10th clean sheet of the season, tying the single-season program record for shutouts.

The Road To Red Bull Continues
Eight teams currently remain in the hunt for the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. Winners of the four quarterfinal matches advance to the semifinals on Nov. 9 at Red Bull Arena, which will also host the championship game on Nov. 11. The winner of the Marquette/Louisville match plays the winner of St. John's (No. 3 Red) at Georgetown (No. 2 Blue) in the semifinal round, while the winner of Villanova (No. 4 Red) vs. Connecticut (No. 1 Blue) will face the winner of Notre Dame (No. 3 Blue) at Syracuse (No. 2 Red). Tickets for the BIG EAST semifinals and championship match can be purchased by calling the Red Bull Arena ticket office 1-877-RBSOCCER, or you can find ticket information at bigeast.org.

No. 4 Blue • Marquette Golden Eagles (15-2-1)
Marquette is led offensively by senior striker Andy Huftalin who has registered 23 points this season on a team-leading 10 goals, including three assists. Redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg has scored in each of the last three matches for the Golden Eagles, giving the 6-foot-7 central defender seven goals on the season, while junior central midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka paces the squad with eight assists. Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon has started every match at goalkeeper and is among the national leaders in goals against average (0.70) and shutouts (10).

No. 1 Red • Louisville Cardinals (11-4-1)
Louisville is unbeaten in its last eight matches and has won five straight. The Cardinals received a first-round bye by virtue of winning the Red Division regular-season title with a league record of 7-1-0 and earning the top seed. UofL, which is 9-1-1 at home this season, is led by Will Vitalis and Dylan Mares with 13 points apiece, each with four goals and five assists. Greg Cochrane has scored a team-high five goals. Mike Mauro has started the last 11 games at goalkeeper and has a 0.71 goals against average with 30 saves and five shutouts.

Series History
Marquette owns an 8-5-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Cardinals. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in two of the last three match-ups, which includes last season's 1-0 quarterfinal loss in Milwaukee and a pair of draws in 2008 (T, 1-1) and 2009. MU is looking for its first win against the Cardinals since 2005 and first victory in Louisville since the 2001 season.


 

 

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