Following a statement win over St. John's last week, the Golden Eagles look to continue their recent success as they welcome Xavier to Valley Fields on Kids Club VIP Night Saturday. All club members in attendance receive free admission, an autographed poster, mini ball and more.
Marquette put an end to a 400-plus minute scoreless streak when Josh Coan
, Luka Prpa
, Connor Alba
and Lukas Sunesson
all found the back of the net in a 4-0 win over the Red Storm. Luis Barraza
made six saves for his fourth shutout of the season and earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Prpa was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Oliver Posarelli
was on the honor roll.
The Musketeers, who enter Saturday winless in seven of their last eight matches, have lost three-in-a-row. Marquette owns a 5-3-0 all-time record against Xavier, but have dropped three-of-four. The lone win during its recent stretch came in a dominating 4-1 victory in Milwaukee in 2016.
Following Saturday's match, Marquette takes on No. 8 Creighton (Oct. 24) and Butler (Oct. 28) on the road before returning home for Senior Day and regular season finale vs. DePaul on Halloween night.
XAVIER (4-5-5, 2-2-1 BIG EAST)
The Musketeers have hit a swoon after a very strong start through seven matches (3-0-4) with wins over Cincinnati and Georgetown and a scoreless draw vs. now-No. 3 ranked Kentucky. Since then, Xavier is 1-5-1 with the lone victory vs. Villanova at home and four losses on the road.
Despite the sluggish streak, the Musketeers continue to lead the BIG EAST with 20 goals scored and boast the league's top individual scorer, Simen Hestnes, who has 17 points on six goals and five assists. Samson Sergi scored his fourth goal of the year in the team's loss 2-1 at Western Michigan on Tuesday. In net, Zachary Nelson leads the way with 10 starts for Xavier, sporting a 3-2-5 record with a .128 GAA and a .764 save percentage, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Marquette and Xavier are set to meet for the ninth time with the Golden Eagles leading the all-time series, 5-3-0, dating back to the first meeting in 1987. MU won the first four meetings before dropping three of the last four, including last year's 1-0 setback in Cincinnati when Josh Grant's 49th minute goal held up.
Marquette's previous win over the Musketeers was a 4-1 result back in 2016 at Valley Fields. Luka Prpa
got the home side on the board with a 10th minute penalty before adding his eighth goal of the campaign in the 18th minute. Daniel Szczepanek
had a goal and two assists, while Connor Alba
added a goal and an assist. Luis Barraza
made nine saves in the win, including seven in the second half. The Golden Eagles are 3-1-0 against Xavier at home all-time.
CALL OFF THE SEARCH PARTY:
The Golden Eagles ended their scoreless streak of 427 minutes when Josh Coan
scored his second goal of the season in the 41st minute. The flood gates opened in the second half when each of Luka Prpa
(65'), Connor Alba
(73') and Lukas Sunesson
(83') added on. Marquette tied a season-high with four goals after putting 10 of its 14 shots on target in the win.
BARRAZA ON A ROLL:
Senior goalkeeper Luis Barraza
was honored by the BIG EAST for the third-consecutive week and fourth time this season after earning his second Goalkeeper of the Week award this year. The Santa Teresa, New Mexico, native leads the BIG EAST and ranks second and seventh in the nation, respectively, in save percentage (.873) and saves per game (5.33).
WINNING IN THE CLASSROOM:
For the 10th-straight year, Marquette was recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with the Team Academic Award. Each year, the organization honors college programs for their exemplary performance in the classroom that meet or exceed a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). The Golden Eagles posted a 3.17 GPA during the 2017-18 academic year.
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.