Marquette Seeks BIG EAST Championship Sunday

Jake Taylor

Nov. 16, 2013

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CHESTER, Pa. -- No. 2 seed Marquette (11-5-2) will take on fourth-seeded Providence (12-4-3) in the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Final at PPL Park on Sunday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Central time (12:30 p.m. ET).

The match will be nationally televised live on FOX Sports 2. Check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel listings or search here.

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Reserved Midfield: $30 Adult, $25 Student/Youth
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Key Storylines
• Marquette, which shared the regular-season BIG EAST championship with Georgetown, will be looking for its first BIG EAST tournament title Sunday in the Golden Eagles' first-ever appearance in the finals. Providence will also be looking for its first BIG EAST postseason trophy after coming up short in the tournament championship match in 1984 and most recently in 2010.

• The Golden Eagles blanked the Friars 1-0 in Providence during regular-season play on Oct. 19. Freshman Louis Bennett II curled a left-footed volley into the top right corner of the net in the 73rd minute for the decisive tally. The host Friars out-shot MU 18-10.

How They Got Here
• Providence defeated No. 5 Creighton 2-1 at home in a BIG EAST Quarterfinal match on Tuesday. The Friars then advanced to Sunday's final by getting past top-seeded Georgetown 5-4 in a shootout following a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of action in the first of two BIG EAST semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15 at PPL Park. Marquette, which earned a bye through the quarterfinals, topped sixth-seeded Butler 1-0 on Adam Lysak's golden goal in the 98th minute in the second semifinal contest Friday. Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon hung on for his ninth clean sheet of the season matching a single-season high with eight saves.

What the Future Holds
• The winner of the BIG EAST championship match on Sunday will earn the league's automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship which begins Thursday, Nov. 21. The annual NCAA selection show will be streamed live on at 11 a.m. CT this Monday, Nov. 18 with a number of BIG EAST teams currently in line to receive an at-large bid. As a side note, PPL Park is also home of this year's NCAA College Cup.

MU Earns Share of BIG EAST Regular Season Title
• Marquette captured a share of the 2013 BIG EAST Conference regular season championship. With a total of 19 points in league play, the Golden Eagles finished in a first-place tie with the Georgetown Hoyas, each with identical 6-2-1 records in conference matches. It marked the second title in three years for MU, which earned its first BIG EAST (Blue Division) title in 2011. Georgetown was awarded the top seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship by virtue of a tie-breaker with Marquette.

Golden Eagles' BIG EAST Tournament History
• Marquette is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship and second straight appearance at PPL Park after receiving a by through the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles earned their first trip to the postseason in 2009 since they joined the league (2005). Head coach Louis Bennett is an even 4-4-1 all-time in BIG EAST tournament games.

About the Marquette Golden Eagles
• Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by redshirt sophomore C. Nortey's 20 points and team-best nine goals. Freshmen Louis Bennett II and Coco Navarro have combined for six goals and nine assists and are second and third on the squad with 12 and nine points, respectively.

• BIG EAST co-Goalkeeper of the Year Charlie Lyon has posted 19 career shutouts, including nine clean sheets this season, one shy of matching the single-season school record, which he tied last season. The MU co-captain is currently the school's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.81) and boasts an impressive 27-10-3 record in 40 starts between the posts.

• MU's backline is anchored by central defenders Axel Sjoberg and Eric Pothast, as well as left back Paul Dillon. All three players have started every match this season and boast a combined 188 caps for the Blue & Gold, including 175 starts. Sjoberg, a 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore, was an All BIG EAST First Team selection and Pothast earned BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades at the league's annual awards banquet on Nov. 14. Dillon was named to the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST Second Team while Sjoberg was honored as the BIG EAST Defender of the Year by the online publication.




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