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BADGER HATE WEEK: We Warm Up With A Soccer Match

Marquette men's soccer looks to pick up a win against all three Wisconsin Division 1 programs by defeating the Badgers tonight while we use the occasion to prime the pump for BHW.

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Women's soccer only played an exhibition match against Bucky this season.

Volleyball isn't playing Bucky at all. Can't blame Bucky for that, the competition in the Big Ten is actually pretty good, so they don't need a non-conference test.

So it falls to men's soccer to give us a warm up to Badger Hate Week. Wisconsin (2-3-3, 0-1-0 Big Ten) comes to the Valley to play Marquette tonight at 7pm. For those of you freshmen out there who thought it was okay to bring Bucky shirts to campus, you can turn them in at the Valley and get a Marquette shirt in exchange. If you're not able to make it down for the match, you can watch live on Time Warner Sports 32. If both of those options fail you, you can always tune in to WMUR's streaming feed to listen to Matt Trebby call the action.

Marquette (8-0-0, 1-0-0 Big East) comes in to the match with two top ten rankings in their back pocket: #7 by Soccer America and #10 by the NSCAA. They are one of just three teams, along with Cornell and High Point, who are still unbeaten and untied on the season. After the 5-0 thrashing of DePaul, the stats page is getting crowded for MU. A week ago, Axel Sjoberg and Eric Pothast were tied for the team lead in goals and assists. Now Adam Lysak has joined them for a three way tie with three goals and two assists each. Paul Dillon's four assists are tied for the second most in the Big East and Charlie Lyon is second only to UConn's Andre Blake in both goals-against average (0.49 for Lyon) and save percentage (.879).

In their most recent match, the Badgers gave up a goal in the 82nd minute to Penn State to drop their Big Ten conference opener. While Wisconsin does not have a stellar record by any stretch of the imagination, it is worth noting that they did go to a draw with at the time #13 in the country and previously unbeaten and untied Georgetown back on September 9th. Junior forward Chris Prince is the most productive player on what passes for the Badgers' offense with two goals and two assists. Freshman Chase Rau has played all but 45 minutes of the season in net for Bucky, so we can expect to see him attempt to lower that 1.22 goals-against average against Marquette.