Men's Soccer

No. 17/13 Marquette Set For BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge

Sept. 13, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette enters this weekend's BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge unscathed at 5-0-0. The?No. 17/13 Golden Eagles host the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, Sept. 14, before heading to East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday to face the Michigan State Spartans.

Notre Dame is the other participant from the BIG EAST Conference. Last year, Marquette went 1-0-1 in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, opening with a 1-1 draw against Michigan State at Valley?Fields, followed by a dramatic 2-1 win at Michigan on a goal by rookie forward Kelmend Islami in the last minute of double-overtime.

Listen Live on WMUR Marquette Radio
Friday's match against Michigan?will be broadcast live by WMUR?Marquette Radio. Please note that the contest at Michigan State will not be broadcast due to Sunday's live coverage of MU women's soccer. The student-led radio station will again call a majority of MU men's soccer matches this fall with play-by-play voice Matt Trebby on the call. Listen live at:

Marquette Golden Eagles (5-0-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette improved to 5-0-0 to start the 2012 season for just the second time in the 48-year history of the men's soccer program (and the only other time since the 1993 campaign) with last Saturday's 3-0 home victory over defending Summit League champion Western Illinois. Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon made three saves en route to his fourth consecutive shutout, and junior midfielder Eric Pothast, who scored the opening goal just 66 seconds into the match, tallied a single-game season high three points, which included an assist on MU's third score of the first half.

Michigan Wolverines (2-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten)
Michigan returns three All-Big Ten performers from last year's team -- seniors Latif Alashe and Kofi Opare and sophomore Tyler Arnone. The Wolverines also return last year's leader scorer in junior midfielder Fabio Villas Boas Pereira. Michigan went 2-1 on its recent three-game home stand, capped off by a 4-1 win over Northeastern on Sunday.

Michigan State (2-3-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten)
The Spartans have three losses going into the weekend, with one-goal losses to New Hampshire, Connecticut and Harvard. Michigan State, which heads to Notre?Dame on Friday night, snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Providence 3-2 on the road last Sunday with a late goal by Cody Henderson in the 86th minute.

Was Double-Overtime Win at Michigan The Turning Point?
Since Marquette forward Kelmend Islami scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of double-overtime to win at Michigan last season, the Golden Eagles have been able to rattle off 13 regular-season victories in their last 17 matches, including this year's 5-0-0 start. MU?has an overall record of 13-3-1 in regular season games during this current stretch that dates back to Sept. 18, 2011, in Ann?Arbor, Mich.

Golden Eagles' Perfect Start Garners National Recognition
Lead by seventh-year head coach Louis Bennett, MU moved up in all the national men's soccer polls this week. The Golden?Eagles climbed to No. 13 in the latest Soccer America rankings, the program's highest national ranking ever. In addition, Marquette was ranked No. 17 in the nation in both this week's NSCAA/Continental Tires poll and the rankings. MU?checked in at No. 20 and No. 21, according to Soccer?Times and College Soccer News, respectively. The undefeated Golden?Eagles have not yet made an appearance in the College Sports Madness rankings. As a side note, eight BIG EAST teams are currently ranked or are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

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Skills Zone Open For 2012 Season
Kids 12-and-under are invited to participate in the "Skills Zone" before every Marquette home match during the 2012 season. Get to The Valley early to participate in soccer skills stations with MU players & coaches. The "Skills Zone" opens one hour before the start of every men's soccer home game.

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