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10.12.11 In Related News: Beat ND Edition

Touchdown Jesus can't protect you in the Valley.
Touchdown Jesus can't protect you in the Valley.

Tonight at 7pm down at Valley Fields, Marquette men's soccer team plays their second of four straight matches against ranked teams, this time against conference rival #12/#13 Notre Dame. The match will be available on Marquette Radio's live stream here and you can follow along with live stats here.

Coach Louis "The Dissident" Bennett's squad has a chance to take firm control of the Big East's Blue Division with a win tonight. While both Marquette and Connecticut have no losses in conference play, Connecticut has one tie so far, and that tie is against Notre Dame. A win over Notre Dame gives Marquette 12 points in the standings compared to Connecticut's 7, not to mention a tiebreaker advantage down the road. Marquette will be looking for their first 4-0 start in conference play since 1997, when a 4-0 start in Conference USA jumpstarted the team to the only NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

The Irish are on a 3 match winless streak, with ties against UConn and Northwestern and a double overtime loss at St. John's. Adam Mena (3G, 4A) and Ryan Finley (4G) lead Notre Dame in scoring. Will Walsh has played every minute in net for the Irish, allowing just 10 goals in 11 games with 4 shutouts.

After the jump: Volleyball went to Middle Tennessee State last night, plus some weekly honors!

The Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State got their revenge last night, sweeping Marquette, 25-22, 25-19, 26-24. The Golden Eagles had taken their home end of this home and home series 3-1 back on September 16th. MU was victimized by outstanding hitting by MTSU, as they hit .369 for the match and never hit lower than .300 in any of the three sets, while Marquette hit .237 for the match. Ashley Adams and Alyssa Wistrick both had more kills than any Golden Eagle with 16 and 13 respectively. Chelsea Heier followed up her Big East Freshman Of The Week honors by notching 30 assists. Fellow Big East Weekly Honor Roll honoree Ciara Jones had 8 kills, second on the team behind Ashley Beyer's 11.

Women's soccer was also featured on the weekly awards. Sophomore defender Katie Hishmeh became the third Golden Eagle to be named named Big East Defender Of The Week during this season and senior keeper Natalie Kulla was named to's Team Of The Week. Hishmeh played every minute of Marquette's two shutout wins over the weekend while contributing a goal and an assist and helping hold Connecticut and Providence to a combined five shots. Kulla picked up her 39th and 40th career shutouts in those two wins to pick up her honor.