Tonight, the Marquette men's soccer team (3-4-1, 1-0) travels to the People's Republic of Madison for their 2nd in state rival match of the year, this time against Wisconsin (4-3-1). You can listen to the Marquette Radio broadcast of the game by clicking here.
It may be tough going for Marquette, regardless of the fairly similar records. The Golden Eagles are 1-6-1 against the Badgers since 2003, with the lone win coming in a 1-0 match last year at Valley Fields. On top of that, Marquette has not one in Madison since 1997.
The Badgers' offense is powered by junior midfielder Tomislav Zadro (2G, 4A) and sophomore midfielder Joey Tennyson (3G, 1A). Keeper Ciro Martinez has been doing the lion's share of the work for the Badgers with 5 starts on the season and shutouts in 2 of those matches. But while when Martinez has been stellar at times, he swings to the other end of the spectrum as well, giving up 9 goals in his other three starts.
After the jump: Lots of weekly awards for Marquette athletes!
Keeping it with men's soccer to start with, C. Nortey's 2 goals in their only game of the week against Syracuse earned him 3 awards: Big East Rookie Of The Week, College Soccer News' National Team Of The Week, and Marquette Student-Athlete Of The Week. Nortey's 5 goals on the season have him tied for the NCAA lead for most goals by a freshman.
Marquette players are all over the women's soccer weekly awards from the Big East. Haley Fritzlen was honored as Big East Freshman Of The Week, while Maegan Kelly and Natalie Kulla were both named to the Big East Weekly honor roll. Kelly added her third TopDrawerSoccer.com Team Of The Week of the season to her Big East Honor.
Fritzlen played every minute of the 2-1 OT win over DePaul and the 3-2 OT win over #20/#24 Notre Dame and was part of the effort to hold Big East Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year Melissa Henderson to just 2 shots in the Notre Dame game. Kulla's recognition comes from snagging 6 saves in those two games and being the on field defensive leader to hold Notre Dame to a season low 9 shots. Kelly registered 2 goals and an assist on the week, with the assist coming on Taylor Madigan's golden goal against Notre Dame.
Wrapping up with women's volleyball, Danielle Carlson was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .600 in their match with South Florida. The junior middle hitter's .394 hitting percentage on the year leads the Big East and is ranked 21st in the country. Carlson now ranks as Marquette's all time leader in hitting percentage (minimum 1,000 attempts) with a career mark of .324.