Men's Soccer

Marquette Soccer Aims to Retain Milwaukee Cup Trophy

Sept. 2, 2015
2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 3
Marquette (1-1-0) at Milwaukee (1-1-0)
DateThursday, Sept. 3 | 7 p.m. CT
LocationEngelmann Stadium | Milwaukee
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? The Marquette University men's soccer team will take on cross-town rival Milwaukee for the 43rd Milwaukee Cup at Engelmann Stadium on Thursday night, marking the finale of a three-game road trip to open the 2015 season for the Golden Eagles.

? Marquette is looking to retain the Cup after nearly 2,000 fans witnessed the Golden Eagles march to a 2-0 home victory one year ago. It was their fourth Milwaukee Cup win in the last seven tries. A win on Thursday would mark the first for MU at Engelmann Stadium since 2008..

? The Golden Eagles are coming off a 1-1 record on their West Coast road trip, where they fell to Oregon State, 1-0, in overtime in the season opener Friday, Aug. 28, followed by a convincing 4-2 win over Portland on Sunday.

? The Panthers also enter Thursday's match with a 1-1 mark after a 5-2 win over Evansville at home in the season opener, followed by a 4-0 loss to No. 6 Creighton on the road.

? No stranger to Panther fans, MU head coach Louis Bennett has an opportunity to reach his 200th career coaching victory against the program for which he spent 10 seasons with as he currently sits on 199 career wins.

? Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is broadcasting Thursday's match live. Matt Menzel (play-by-play) and Matt Schroeder (color commentary) will have the call. It is available to Time Warner Cable subscribers in Milwaukee and Fox Valley and can be found on channel 1332HD / 32.

? The match will also be live streamed on ESPN3:

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? UW-Milwaukee comes into Thursday's showdown with a 1-1-0 overall record thanks to a season-opening victory against Evansville at home, followed by a 4-0 defeat at the hands of No. 6 Creighton in Omaha.

? Four different Panthers reached the scoring column in the team's win over Evansville, Aug. 28. Declan Rodriguez tallied two scores to lead the way, while Matthias Binder, Francesco Saporito and Aaron Horvat also found the back of the net. The Panthers broke open a 2-1 halftime advantage with the first two scores of the second half. Rodriguez's second goal of the game served as the game winner, coming in the 65th minute and proving all UWM needed to dispatch the Aces.

? The Panthers went 6-10-3 overall in 2014 with a 3-3-2 mark in Horizon League play. They were picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League Preseason Coaches' Poll, earning one-of-10 first-place votes, to finish behind league-favorite Oakland, Valparaiso and Wright State.

? Marquette will welcome Dayton for the home opener at Valley Fields, Monday, Sept. 7. It will mark the first meeting between the Golden Eagles and Flyers since 1994. MU holds a 3-2-2 edge in the all-time series. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

No. 17 Marquette 2, UW-Milwaukee 0 | Sept. 17, 2014 | Valley Fields

? Ranked #17 at the time, Marquette used two first-half goals and senior Charlie Lyon made three saves to preserve the fourth of what would be eight-consecutive shutouts - a school record.

? Jack Alberts scored his first goal of the season in the 15th minute and C. Nortey tallied his second of the 2014 campaign in the 28th minute.

? MU outshot UWM 15-13 in the match, while the Panthers earned five corner kicks, three more than the Golden Eagles.

? In 2011, the Milwaukee Cup was rated by College Soccer News as a Top-10 rivalry in all of college soccer. Year-after-year, the match draws huge crowds, including last year's meeting that had nearly 2,000 on hand to witness a 2-0 victory for the Golden Eagles.

? The largest crowd ever recorded for a soccer match at Valley Fields was the 2010 Milwaukee Cup when 2,089 people watched the Panthers prevail, 4-2.

? Milwaukee currently holds the all-time series edge with a 28-11-3 record. Marquette has won two of the last three meetings with a 3-2 victory in 2012 followed by a 2-0 win last year. MU last won at Engelmann back in 2008 by a 2-0 score.

? Last weekend, the Golden Eagles made their first trip out west since 2006 and first trip to the state of Oregon since 1999. They went 1-1 with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Oregon State in overtime before bouncing back with a convincing 4-2 win over Portland.

? In the loss to Oregon State, MU put forth a spirited effort defensively after going a man down with 5 minutes left in regulation due to a questionable second yellow card earned by Jack Alberts. Despite the fact, MU still managed to earn key scoring chances down the stretch. The winning goal came off the foot of Mikhail Doholis, who put the ball on frame in the only spot Luis Barraza was unable to get to - a blast to the upper left 90 that caromed into the right side netting in the 97th minute.

? The match at Portland saw the Golden Eagles put forth an impressive performance all the way around, controlling the pace of play and dominating possession to the tune of three first-half goals - two coming off the foot of Kelmend Islami (6', 14') and another by Alex McBride (31'). C. Nortey whittled any hope away from the Pilots with a goal just 55 seconds into the second half.

? Freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza is only two matches into his young collegiate career, but he already claimed his first weekly honor with a spot on the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 31).

? Barraza made 11 saves in two starts last week, registering a 1-1 record during Marquette's West Coast road trip. He made eight saves in a 1-0 overtime loss against Oregon State, followed by three saves in a 4-2 win against Portland. He currently sports a 1.65 GAA with a .786 save percentage in over 163 minutes of action.

? Five out of the six newcomers each made an appearance in the season opener against Oregon State Friday night with Luis Barraza getting the start in net. He made eight saves in his debut.

? Marquette boasted yet another Top-15 recruiting class in 2015 according to Top Drawer Soccer - their third Top-15 class in as many years.

? This year's freshman class includes: Luis Barraza (Santa Teresa, New Mexico), Toby Howell (Bradenton, Florida), Jesper Larsson (Falkenburg, Sweden), Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Illinois), Ben Tweedie (Naples, Florida), and Kees Westra (Monroe, Washington).

? Sanchez (midfielder) and Westra (defender) ranked among the IMG Academy's Top-75 recruits coming out of high school, while Barraza (goalkeeper) led Real Salt Lake-Arizona to the U.S. Development Academy championship this past summer.

? Marquette opened its 51st season in program history on the road at Oregon State, Friday, Aug. 28, and fell in overtime, 1-0, dropping the Golden Eagles to 4-6 in season openers since 2006.

? The last season-opening win came back in 2012 with a 3-2 home victory over the Panthers to capture the Milwaukee Cup.

? The last time Marquette started the year with a season-opening win on the road came all the way back in 2006 during Bennett's first season leading the Blue & Gold when it defeated Loyola Chicago, 2-1.

? The Golden Eagles were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Conference in 2015, behind conference favorites Creighton and Georgetown, who tied for a league-high 77 poll points and evenly split the 10 first-place votes. Providence was picked third, followed by Xavier and Marquette.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Creighton - 77 pts. (5 first place votes)
2. Georgetown - 77 pts. (5)
3. Providence - 65 pts.
4. Xavier - 55 pts.
5. Marquette - 50 pts.
6. St. John's - 36 pts.
7. Butler - 33 pts.
8. Villanova - 29 pts.
9. Seton Hall - 19 pts.
10. DePaul - 9 pts.

? The Golden Eagles also featured two players on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad with redshirt senior forward C. Nortey and junior midfielder Louis Bennett II earning the prestigious honor.

? The 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll had Marquette and Georgetown tied atop the list following the Golden Eagles earning a share of the BIG EAST regular season title, a BIG EAST tournament championship and eventually falling to Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen in 2013.

? The BIG EAST featured four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 preseason poll, including Georgetown at No. 3, Creighton at No. 6, Providence at No. 7 and Xavier at No. 19.

? Currently, those same four teams rank in the top-12 nationally according to the NSCAA Top-25 Poll and top-16 according to College Soccer News' Top-30 Poll.

? Head coach Louis Bennett is on the brink of collecting his 200th career victory as he enters Thursday's Milwaukee Cup match with 199 career wins.

? Bennett has accumulated 64 wins in nine-plus seasons with the Golden Eagles following a 135-64-17 overall record over 10 seasons with UW-Milwaukee (1996-2005).

? Over the previous three seasons, Bennett has led Marquette to a sterling 38-17-7 mark with a BIG EAST regular season title, a BIG EAST tournament championship, and two NCAA tournament appearances.

? In addition to head coach Louis Bennett's looming 200th career coaching victory, there are other notable milestones to watch for at the beginning of the season.

? C. Nortey has broken into the top-10 goal scoring list all-time with his 27th career goal that came against Portland (Aug. 30). Nortey ties Cory Butler (1992-95) and Marshall Morehead (1998-2000) for 10th on the all-time list.

? C. Nortey is tied with three others for the most game-winning goals in program history with 8.

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