Oct. 16, 2009
Game Notes (PDF) | Live audio (WMUR) |
MILWAUKEE -- The first 500 fans through the gate Saturday at Valley Fields when the Marquette University men's soccer team hosts Georgetwon will receive a Harley Davidson fleece blanket. Kick off against the Hoyas is set for 7:05 p.m.
Marquette vs. RV/16 Georgetown
Saturday, Oct. 17 (7:05 p.m. CT)
Valley Fields: Milwaukee, Wis.
Georgetown leads all-time series, 4-0
Audio: WMUR (marquetteradio.mu.edu)
With only four conference games remaining, postseason implications will be on the line Saturday. Marquette currently holds the last BIG EAST tournament position at sixth place in the Blue Division standings, while Georgetown is tied for second. The first two spots in each division receive a first-round bye in the league tourney.
Marquette is winless in its four previous chances against the Hoyas, as Georgetown owns a 4-0 all-time record overall in the series. Hector Navarro scored twice for the Golden Eagles in a 4-2 loss at Georgetown last season.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Three of Georgetown's four losses this season have been to teams that have been nationally ranked. The Hoyas have been ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Soccer America and boasts one of the top defenses in all of NCAA?Division I. Goalkeepers Mark Wilber and Matthew Brutto have combined to post a 0.60 goals against average and eight shutouts this season, and?Wilber leads the BIG EAST with a .897 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Andrew Krynski scored a late goal to force extra time this past Tuesday against Bucknell, but the Bison netted the game-winner in double-overtime to hand host Marquette a non-conference loss. Krynski's first collegiate goal leveled the match, 1-1, in the 87th minute.
MARQUETTE AGAINST TOP-RANKED TEAMS
Including Saturday's match against Georgetown, who is ranked No. 16 by Soccer America, seven of Marquette's 13 games this season have been against teams receiving votes or ranked in the top 25 in one or more of the four major polls. Three of those opponents (No. 9 UC Irvine, No. 5 USF, and No. 9 Louisville) were ranked in the top 10, nationally, according to the NSCAA/adidas poll.
All but three of Marquette's 18 points on offense this season have come from underclassmen. Sophomore Calum Mallace's four points (two goals) leads the pack followed by classmate Amilcar Herrera and freshman Andrew Krynski each with three points (one goal, one assist).