It's a big weekend for Marquette athletics all around. - Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
Men's soccer plays in the Big East semifinals this evening, while the women's soccer team opens up the NCAA Tournament down at the Valley.
Men's soccer found out yesterday that Bryan Ciesiulka, Andy Huftalin, and Axel Sjoberg were named to the All Big East Second Team for their season long excellence, while Sjoberg and John Pothast were named to the All Big East Rookie Team. Tonight, they'll be at PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union, for an opportunity to avenge the loss that ended their unbeaten streak to start the season. Georgetown is Marquette's oppponent in the semifinals of the Big East Championship. You can watch the match on CBS Sports Network starting at 4pm Central, which is conveniently 2 hours before the men's basketball team plays in the Carrier Classic. If you can't find your way to a TV, you can listen to Matt Trebby call the action on Marquette Radio's live stream. The winner of the match will face off with the winner of the Notre Dame-Connecticut semifinal, which will take place immediately following the MU-GU game.
The Hoyas come in to the match ranked #4/#6 in the country, while Marquette is no slouch with rankings of #10 from the NSCAA and #7 from Soccer America. Steve Neumann was named to the All Big East First Team yesterday along with teammate Ian Christianson, while Georgetown's keeper, Tomas Gomez, was named to the Second Team. The Hoyas were led in scoring this season by Big East Rookie Of The Year Brandon Allen, so Charlie Lyon and crew will have to keep an eye out for him as well.
Turning our attention to women's soccer, they play their opening match of the NCAA Tournament tonight at Valley Fields against Illinois State. It's Marquette's fifth consecutive tournament appearance and 11th in program history. The winner of the MU-ISU match will advance to play the winner of tomorrow's match between Princeton and West Virginia.
Illinois State qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title, defeating Indiana State in the championship game by a 5-1 margin. ISU compiled a 13-4-2 record on the season, with two losses to MVC teams. Rachel Tejada is their leading scorer, racking up 46 points on 18 goals and 10 assists. Unsurprisingly, she was named the MVC Player Of The Year. What is slightly surprising is that the sophomore been named MVC Player Of The Year in both of her seasons with ISU. Defender Kristin Cooley and midfielder Anna Stinson joined Tejada on the All MVC First team. Aryn Newsom is the keeper for the Redbirds. She compiled a goals-against average this season of 1.27 while stopping 77.3% of all the shots she faced.