Men's Soccer Travels to Notre Dame for BIG EAST Quarterfinal

Nov. 5, 2010

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Marquette University (7-7-4) continues postseason play Saturday, Nov. 6, at Notre Dame in the second round of the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. Saturday's quarterfinal match against the Fighting Irish (9-4-4) will kickoff at 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET) at Alumni Stadium. Live audio will be available on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of WMUR.

The Golden Eagles, the No. 6 seed in the Blue Division, upset St. John's 3-1 in Wednesday's opening-round contest in Queens, N.Y. senior Anthony Colaizzi scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 77th minute to break a 1-1 tie. Notre Dame received a first-round bye after finishing the regular season in second place in the divisional standings and is the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Winners of Saturday's quarterfinal matches will advance to the BIG EAST semifinals and final, to be held at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the brand new home of Major League Soccer's New York Red Bull.

The Irish defeated MU 4-1 back on Oct. 13 to claim their sixth straight victory over the Golden Eagles. Notre Dame scored three times in the first half, including a pair of goals by Steven Perry, as the Irish snapped MU's season-best six-game unbeaten streak. Chris Madsen tallied Marquette's lone goal in the loss. Both teams were even at 12 shots apiece in the shots column.

MU is coming off back-to-back victories and is led by junior midfielder Calum Mallace who enters Saturday's match with a team high 18 points, six goals and six assists. Sophomore goalkeeper David Check has posted six shutouts on the season with a 1.33 goals against average and 79 saves.

Notre Dame is 7-1-1 on its home turf in 2010, including a perfect 5-0 in conference play. Head coach Bobby Clark's squad has outscored their opponents by a margin of 27-15 this season and is unbeaten in their last four matches.

WMUR's Josh Concon will be on the call for Saturday's re-match. Live stats will be available on GoMarquette.com. Live streaming video will also be available on UND.com.

KEY STORYLINES
• Marquette earned its second straight BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship berth by virtue of earning the No. 6 seed in the Blue Division with a league record of 3-4-2 and 11 points in conference play this season.

• MU is coming off a 3-1 opening-round victory at St. John’s and advances to the BIG EAST quarterfinals for the first time since joining the conference in 2005 ... The Golden Eagles have a 1-1 all-time record in the tournament, falling to USF 2-1 in last year’s first round.

• Saturday’s winner will advance to the semifinals at Red Bull Arena, home of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bull, in Harrison, N.J. on Nov. 12 and will face the winner of Louisville vs. West Virginia ... The championship match will be played on Nov. 14 ... Winner of the BIG EAST Championship final receives the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field of 48.

• Saturday’s BIG EAST quarterfinal is a re-match from Oct. 13 when Notre Dame defeated Marquette 4-1 at Alumni Stadium, snapping the Golden Eagles’ season-best six-game unbeaten streak ... The Irish scored three goals in the first 30 minutes of action and sophomore Chris Madsen tallied MU’s lone goal.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
• Notre Dame is ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation (Soccer America) this week and received a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship with a runner-up finish in the Blue Division standings.

• The Irish finished the regular season with a 6-2-1 record in conference play ... They are 7-1-1 this season at Alumni Stadium and own a perfect 5-0 mark at home against conference foes ... Steven Perry has scored nearly half (12) of Notre Dame’s 27 goals this season and with 27 points is tied for the league lead ... Harrison Shipp leads the team with six assists, including three helpers in the Irish’s first meeting with Marquette back on Oct. 13.

• Notre Dame is 12-9-5 in the BIG EAST Championship, including a pair of tournament titles (1996, 2003).

SERIES HISTORY
• The Irish lead the all-time series with Marquette, 12-5-1, and have won their last six matches against the Golden Eagles ... MU’s last win over Notre Dame was a 4-0 decision back in 1990 ... The Golden Eagles have not won at Notre Dame since 1983.

MU AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
• MU has earned a point in three of its last four matches against teams ranked in the top-10 in the NSCAA poll ... MU tied No. 9 Louisville (T, 2-2) and No. 5 USF (T, 1-1) last season ... The Golden Eagles have played one top-10 opponent this season, playing to a 1-1 draw against No. 3 UConn.

• MU’s last win over an opponent ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA poll was a 1-0 shutout over No. 23 Penn State on Sept. 4, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio ... The Golden Eagles tied No. 5 USF, 1-1, in Tampa last season and played to a 2-2 draw against No. 9 Louisville later in the week.

• Bennett’s Golden Eagles defeated Georgetown 1-0 at Valley Fields on Oct. 17, 2009 when the Hoyas were ranked No. 16 in the nation by Soccer America.

WHEN MU SCORES FIRST ...
• Marquette is 10-1 over the course of its last 11 games when the Golden Eagles score the go-ahead goal ... Going back to the 2008 season opener, the Golden Eagles boast a 14-2-1 mark when they score first, outscoring their opponents 33-12 during that stretch, including 11 shutouts on defense.

POTHAST’S PRESENCE FELT
• Freshman central defender Eric Pothast has proved to be a big addition to MU’s backline ... MU is 5-3-4 this season with six shutouts when Pothast is in the lineup ... He missed five games during the middle of the season due to illness ... Golden Eagles went 1-4 and were outscored by their opponents by a margin of 14-6 with Pothast on the sideline.

MALLACE IN THE MIDDLE
• Junior midfielder Calum Mallace has been the centerpiece of MU’s increased offensive production in 2010 ... He has been involved in 12 of the Golden Eagles’ 23 goals scored this season and leads MU in most offensive categories, including points (18), goals (6) and assists (6).

• Mallace’s 18 points and six goals are the most in a single season by an individual MU player since Chris Lee tallied 23 points and 10 goals during the 2004 season ... Mallace also has a team-high six assists this season, the most since Derek Gutierrez (8) in 2003.

• The Torphichen, Scotland native is MU’s active all-time leader in points (27), goals scored (10), shots (143) and shots on goal (56).

• Seven of Mallace’s 10 career goals have been game-winners, including three game-winning goals this season ... His seven career game-winners is tied for fourth all-time at MU.


 

 

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