Maegan Kelly and teammates celebrate after beating UWM in double overtime last year. (via Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com)
It's tradition around these parts to cover the weekend's fall sporting events all in one go on Friday morning. Well, this one's too important to not give it a post all to itself and to cover it a day ahead of time as well. Tomorrow night at Valley Fields, the men's and women's soccer teams will both play their UW-Milwaukee counterparts. Things will get started with the men's match at 6:30 pm with the women's match following afterwards. As I alluded to in the title, it's NAVY NIGHTMARE Night at the Valley, with all Marquette fans encouraged to wear navy blue. For our student readers, there are prizes for the most spirited outfits. A $150 Spirit Shop gift card will go to the winner, with $25 gift cards for second and third place. The winners of that contest will be announced in between the matches, so you'd better get there early if you want to win! As an added bonus to getting there early, the first 500 people in attendance will get a Milwaukee Cup Tshirt. For those of you non-students, you can get tickets ahead of time by calling the MU Ticket Office!
Hit the jump, and we'll talk about the matches!
This will be the 40th time the Milwaukee Cup will be up for grabs between the men's teams, with UW-Milwaukee holding a 27-9-3 advantage, including wins in the last two seasons. However, this is the first season and the very first official match at UWM for head coach Kris Kelderman, and the Panthers were picked to finish seventh in the eight team Horizon League this season. Senior Cody Banks is the Panthers' leading returning scorer after registering two goals and three assists last year. Freshman keeper Connor Revsbeck played all 90 minutes of UWM's one exhibition match this season, a 1-0 loss to DePaul.
As for the women's squads, their all time series is even at 7-7-6 after Marquette picked up a 1-0 win last year in double overtime. Last weekend, UWM got their season started with a scoreless draw against #24 South Carolina and a 4-0 drubbing of St. Bonaventure. I'd like to be able to draw some kind of conclusion from both UWM and MU beating the Bonnies 4-0, but I think it just ends up being a discussion of what kind of an opponent St. Bonaventure is. Four different Panthers scored in that match, and senior keeper Jamie Forbes has played all 200 minutes of shutout soccer for UWM so far this season.