Oct. 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- Alone in first place, the No. 20 Marquette men's soccer team travels to Providence for its next test -- a BIG EAST Conference match-up against the Friars. Kickoff is scheduled for noon Central time (1 p.m. ET) at Ray Treacy Track.
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? Marquette (8-3-1, 4-0-0 BIG EAST) travels to Providence for the third straight year for a regular-season conference match against the Friars (8-2-2, 3-1-0 BIG EAST). Saturday's contest will be played on the turf field at Ray Treacy Track, a different venue than the battles of year's past on the grass pitch at Glay Field.
? With a perfect 12 points, Marquette enters the weekend atop the BIG EAST Conference standings for the second consecutive weekend. MU has four one-goal victories in its four conference matches. The?Golden Eagles defeated Xavier and Villanova on the road before knocking off nationally ranked Butler and Creighton last week at home.
? Providence, which cracked the top-25 earlier this month, is tied with Butler for second place in the BIG EAST with nine points each on matching 3-1-0 records in league play. The Friars' lone BIG EAST setback was a 1-0 loss to preseason favorite Georgetown back on Oct. 5 in their only home loss of the season. Providence has also blanked No. 14 St. John's and DePaul by 1-0 decisions after a 3-1 win over Seton Hall in the BIG EAST opener. The Friars were unbeaten in their first seven matches before Virginia (L, 0-4) handed them their first loss of the season. Providence has since won three of its last four.
? Marquette has taken three points on the road in its last two meetings against Providence, including a 2-0 shutout last Sept. 29. The Friars own a 5-2-0 advantage in the all-time series after winning the first five match-up versus the Blue &?Gold by a combined margin of 7-0.
Golden Eagles Back in the Polls
? MU matched a season-best three-match winning streak, which included a pair of victories over nationally ranked opponents, last week to climb up to No. 11 in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) compiled by the NCAA. Others also took notice as the Golden?Eagles found themselves back in the top 25 of most the national polls this week. MU is ranked as high as No. 18 by Soccer Times and No. 20 by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll.
Marquette Players Nationally Recognized
? Three-year co-captain and preseason All-American Bryan Ciesiulka was named one of 10 finalists for the men's soccer Senior CLASS Award on Oct. 16. The award is tabbed "the nation's premier award for NCAA senior student-athletes." Candidates are chosen based on notable achievements in four aread of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.
? Redshirt sophomore C.?Nortey, who last week tallied his third and fourth game-winning goals of the season in conference play, was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and collected national player-of-the-week honors from College Soccer News, TopDrawerSoccer.com and College?Sports Madness, respectively.
? Senior left back Paul Dillon registered a total of three assists in the team's last two matches, including his team-leading sixth assist of the season on the game-winning goal vs. Creighton, and was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week while earning a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
About the Marquette Golden Eagles
? Louis Bennett is in his eighth year as head coach at Marquette. The Golden Eagles tied a program record for wins in 2012, coming off a 16-4-1 overall mark a season ago that saw MU climb as high as No. 2 in the national polls. MU welcomed a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2013 while returning nine starters and a number of key reserves from last year's squad that earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA?Division I Men's Soccer Championship.
? Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by redshirt sophomore C. Nortey's 16 points and team-best seven goals. Freshmen Coco Navarro and Louis Bennett II have combined for five goals and seven assists and are second and third on the squad with nine and eight points, respectively.
? Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon has posted 16 career shutouts, including six clean sheets this season. He is currently the school's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.88) and boasts a 24-8-2 record in 34 starts between the posts.