Marquette's men's soccer team has won 11 consecutive regular season matches, including a program best 10 straight wins to open this season. The last time they lost a regular season match was October 26, 2011, when they fell 3-0 in Storrs, Connecticut, to the #5/#2 Connecticut Huskies.
The Golden Eagles get a chance at revenge for that last loss this Saturday night when #2/#2 Connecticut (10-0-1) comes to Valley Fields. The match starts at 7pm, but you'll want to get there early as the first 300 fans in attendance will get a gold Marquette Soccer rally towel. To go along with the rally towels, it is also GOLD OUT UCONN night, so dress in layers to get as much gold into the stands as possible. For you students out there, you will receive double Fanatics points for attending, plus attending earns you another shot at winning a brand new Camaro at the end of the men's basketball season.
As for the Huskies, they're coming off a 2-1 win over #3/#9 Georgetown last night. The loss was Georgetown's first of the year, so UConn is no stranger to handing teams disappointment for the first time during this season. Three of the Big East's top five scorers play for the Huskies, as Mamadou Diouf, Carlos Alvarez, and Allando Matheson all have at least 13 points. Diouf is the lead man in goals for both UConn and the Big East with eight this season.
But as strong as the Huskies offense is, the real danger is keeper Andre Blake. The sophomore - yes, sophomore - is the reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, and is doing a hell of a job to keep that title again this season. Blake is tops in the Big East in goals-against average (0.36) and second in save percentage (.892). Unfortunately, the NCAA doesn't update their stats on a daily basis, but it's safe to say that Blake is top 5 in the country in both of those categories, even after giving up a goal against Georgetown. Blake averages just three saves per match, so UConn's defense across the field helps him out, but he's capable of making plays on his own as well. He had to make seven saves, including six in the first half, to beat the Hoyas.