Marquette Soccer Heads to DePaul for Season Finale

Redshirt senior David Selvaggi faces his former team where he spent his first two seasons as a collegiate.
Nov. 4, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 17
Marquette (5-9-2, 1-6-1 BIG EAST) at DePaul (4-12-1, 3-4-1 BIG EAST)
Date Thursday, Nov. 5 | 1:05 p.m. CT
Location Wish Field | Chicago, Ill.
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KEY STORYLINES
• The Marquette University men’s soccer team celebrated the distinguished careers of C. Nortey, Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Brady Walsh and Patrick Schulz in its home finale against Butler, which amounted to a 2-0 setback last Saturday.

The Last Meeting
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November 7, 2014
Valley Fields
Marquette Makes History, Blanks DePaul, 4-0
The Marquette University men's soccer team (8-5-4, 2-3-4 BIG EAST) clinched a spot in the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship and Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon broke the program's career shutouts record in a 4-0 victory against DePaul (4-10-4, 1-6-2) Friday night at Valley Fields.

• The loss took the Golden Eagles out of contention for a BIG EAST tournament spot. Injuries to key positions played a big role in the team missing their first conference tournament since 2008.

• MU can play spoiler on Thursday as DePaul currently sits in sixth place, controlling its own destiny for a BIG EAST tournament spot. Villanova is on their heels, just a point behind in seventh, and closes out the regular season against winless Seton Hall.

• Marquette holds a commanding series lead on DePaul with a 24-4-1 advantage in 29 meetings all-time. However, MU is looking to snap a three-game road losing skid to the Blue Demons on Thursday, having not won in Chicago since the 2002 season.

Luis Barraza and Ruben Sanchez cracked the recent list of Top-100 freshmen by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Barraza, a goalkeeper, came in at No. 33, while Sanchez, who was listed as a midfielder, came in at No. 87 on the list. Both have started all but one game for the Golden Eagles in 2015.


FOLLOW IT LIVE
• Thursday’s regular season finale against DePaul 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 1:05 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 BLUE DEMONS
• DePaul comes into Thursday’s regular season finale clinging to the sixth and final postseason spot with an overall record of 4-12-1, including a 3-4-1 mark in the BIG EAST. The Blue Demons can clinch a BIG EAST tournament berth with a victory. A Villanova and St. John’s loss or tie would also clinch it for DePaul.

• The Blue Demons fell to the Red Storm last time out, allowing a goal in each half en route to a 2-0 loss on Saturday. DePaul was outshot 19-15, but earned a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Defender Jalen Harvey led the way with five shots, including one on target for DePaul.

• Simon Megally leads the Blue Demons offensively with 12 points on six goals, including one game-winning tally. Erik Rodriguez, Jake Scheper and John Freitag have nine, eight and seven points, respectively, including three goals apiece.

• Leading the Blue Demons in net is Mack Robinson, who sports a 3-8-1 record with a 1.54 goals against average and a .710 save percentage. He has two solo shutouts and one shared shutout with teammate Quentin Low, who has a 1-4-0 record in five games played.


LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles dropped a disappointing 2-0 decision to visiting Butler last Saturday on Senior Night. Prior to the start, Marquette honored the career accomplishments of C. Nortey, Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Patrick Schulz and Brady Walsh.

• After a quality chance by Nortey in the 4th minute that saw his header go just over the crossbar, the Bulldogs settled in and scored twice in the first 30 minutes of the game en route to their ninth victory of the year, including their fifth win in league action.

• Shots were even as both sides finished with 12, while Butler earned a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Mac Wheeler made his first career start in net for MU, making six saves in the loss.


ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DEPAUL
• The Golden Eagles sport a commanding 24-4-1 record all-time against the Blue Demons. DePaul has seen recent success, going 4-2-0 in the last six meetings following a 22-0-1 stretch by MU over the first 23 meetings in the series.

• MU won last year’s (Nov. 7, 2014) meeting against DePaul with a convincing 4-0 decision at home thanks to goals by Coco Navarro, Jack Alberts, Louis Bennett II and C. Nortey. Charlie Lyon stopped both shots that came his way to secure the all-time record for shutouts at Marquette with his 29th career clean sheet.

• The Golden Eagles are seeking their first win over the Blue Demons on the road in four meetings after dropping the previous three by identical 2-1 scores. The most recent meeting in Chicago ended in regulation as compared to the previous two one-goal losses coming in overtime.


BARRAZA, SANCHEZ LAND ON LIST OF TOP-100 FRESHMEN
Luis Barraza and Ruben Sanchez were named in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top-100 Freshmen list that was recently published.

• Barraza earned the starting goalkeeper spot right out of preseason, performing admirably en route to earning the No. 33 spot on the list. Entering the regular season finale, he sports a 5-8-2 mark with a .714 save percentage and 65 stops on the season.

• Sanchez, listed as a midfielder, but was thrust into the team’s need at centerback due to injuries, was No. 87 on the list. He has one assist in ‘15.


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 comes in at No. 3 according to NSCAA following its first loss to now-No. 25 Xavier, while Georgetown is No. 6 heading into the final week of the regular season.


THANK YOU SENIORS
• Marquette honored C. Nortey, Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, David Selvaggi, Patrick Schulz and Brady Walsh prior to Saturday’s Senior Night contest against Butler.

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


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 his second multi-goal game of the campaign.


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.


 

 

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