Marquette returns home with hopes of returning to its winning ways against BIG EAST foe St. John's on Saturday. It's "Youth Soccer Night" at Valley Fields where all young fans wearing a youth soccer jersey will receive free admission to the match. Kickoff is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. Central time start.
Another stellar outing from senior goalkeeper Luis Barraza
(career-high 10 saves), who was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for the second-straight week, wasn't enough to upend Providence, which scored on a set piece with 16 seconds left in regulation.
The Golden Eagles look to extend their six-match unbeaten streak (3-0-3) against the Red Storm on Saturday. Marquette plays host to St. John's for just the fourth time in nine meetings and on the heels of a double-overtime stunner in Queens a year ago.
Following Saturday's match, Marquette stays home to face Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 20, before a pair of road matches at No. 12 Creighton (Oct. 24) and Butler (Oct. 28).
ST. JOHN'S (6-5-1, 2-1-1 BIG EAST)
The Red Storm have dropped two-straight following a four-match unbeaten streak in which they started 2-0-1 in BIG EAST play. They suffered their first league loss to undefeated and then-No. 8 ranked Creighton, 3-1, on Saturday before taking a 1-0 midweek overtime loss to Princeton at home on Tuesday.
Matt Forster is among the lead leading scorers this season with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Sakge Simonsen sits close behind with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Lenny Wilson leads the way in net for the Red Storm with a 4-2-1 record in seven starts, including a 0.95 GAA and a .788 save percentage with three shutouts. Tyron Matuta is 2-3-0 in five starts, including a six-save effort in Tuesday's loss.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Marquette and St. John's meet for the ninth time in a series that dates back to 2005. The Golden Eagles have gone six-straight meetings unbeaten since dropping the first two matches in series by identical 1-0 results back in 2005 and 2008. Five of the previous eight meetings have gone to overtime, including each of the last three reaching double-overtime status.
Last year, on the road, Connor Alba
shocked the Red Storm when he secured the game-winner with 26 seconds left in double-overtime. The win snapped a string of two-straight scoreless draws in the series and registered the first victory by either side since 2014 when Marquette topped SJU, 2-0, in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles are 1-1-1 all-time at Valley Fields.
SEARCHING FOR OFFENSE:
The Golden Eagles are trying to put an end to a 387-minute scoreless streak after suffering their fourth-straight shutout at Providence on Saturday. The loss to Providence came in spite of a promising second half in which the Golden Eagles outshot the Friars, 8-7, with a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
The team's last goal came on Patrick Seagrist's
83rd-minute tally against Milwaukee on Sept. 19 and their only three goals scored in conference play were in a 3-0 victory over then-No. 13 Villanova in the league opener on Sept. 15.
MARQUETTE PAYS TRIBUTE TO STEVE ADLARD:
Marquette's winningest coach in program history, Steve Adlard, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, Sept. 18, succumbing to his long battle with cancer. He guided the Golden Eagles to 140 victories in 14 seasons (1992-2005) and a pair of Conference USA regular season titles, including the 1997 team that earned the first NCAA tournament berth in program history. He was named the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 1993.
Steve was instrumental in making Valley Fields what it is today and was instrumental in establishing the Marquette women's soccer program. He even recruited the first class to take the field in 1993. Steve was more than just a coach on the field. He was a mentor to many individuals and a gifted teacher of this beautiful game. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Marquette will honor Coach Adlard by wearing a black armband for the remainder of the season.
Head coach Louis Bennett
and his staff continue to attract talent from all over the world as evidenced by the host of international representation on the roster. This year's roster features players from England, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, as well as eight different states. The flags of all nation's represented by this year's roster are displayed behind both team benches during home matches at Valley Fields.