Men's Soccer

Golden Eagles To Challenge For Panther Invitational Title Sunday

Sept. 3, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team will play for the Panther Invitational championship Sunday at Engelmann Stadium when the Golden Eagles (1-1-0) take on the Leathernecks of Western Illinois (0-2-1). Kickoff is set for noon CT.

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- Marquette would be crowned 37th Panther Invitational champions with a victory over WIU Sunday in addition to a Western Michigan draw, or Milwaukee loss.

- Marquette is coming off a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime win over Western Michigan in the opening match of the Panther Invitational.

- Panther Invitational host Milwaukee blanked the Leathernecks 2-0 on Friday. Western Illinois is still looking for its first victory of the season after a 1-0 loss at Wisconsin to open the campaign, followed by a 1-1 against Drake.

- Milwaukee will face Western Michigan following Sunday's noon match up between Marquette and Western Illinois.

- Andy Huftalin headed home the game-winner 13 seconds from full time. MU took a 2-0 lead on goals by Adam Lysak and C. Nortey

- The Broncos equalized on a pair of converted penalty kick opportunities in the second half, the latter of which came less than four minutes from the end of the regulation.

- This is Marquette's second appearance in the Panther Invitational. MU's only other appearance came back in 1976. MU's matches against WMU and WIU in this year's tournament are considered neutral-site games by the NCAA; however, the Golden Eagles will be the designated home side in both contests.

- The Leathernecks return 19 players from last year's roster, including three second team all-conference selections in Mariano Leo, Andy Ryan and Kooten Johnson.

- Sunday's matinee will be a rubber match as the all-time series between Marquette and WIU is currently even at 5-5-1. MU played the Leathernecks to a 0-0 double-overtime draw last season in Macomb, Ill.

- For the second consecutive season Marquette returns 17 letterwinners and eight starting players, including 2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Calum Mallace. Twenty three of the 27 players on the 2011 roster were on the squad dating back to this past spring.

- Marquette head coach Louis Bennett and associate head coach Stan Anderson spent 10 years together coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, their previous stop before heading to MU. Altogether, Bennett and Anderson made five NCAA tournament appearances in their time with time with the Panthers.

- MU assistant coach Steve Bode was a star defender for Milwaukee, patrolling the back line for the Panthers at Engelmann from 2003-2007. Bode is second all-time at Milwaukee in games started (83).

- Sunday's match vs. Western Illinois is the second of three straight matches the Golden Eagles will play at Engelmann Stadium. MU will travel back to the East Side this Friday, Sept. 9 for the annual Milwaukee Cup derby to take on crosstown rival University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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