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Men's Soccer Match 9 Preview: At Wisconsin (5-2-1)

Time for one last non-conference match before moving full time into the Big East schedule, and this time, it's the Badgers standing in front of MU.

Keeper Charlie Lyon hasn't allowed a goal in nearly 220 minutes.
Keeper Charlie Lyon hasn't allowed a goal in nearly 220 minutes.
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When: Wednesday, October 2, at 7pm Central
Where: McClimon Complex, in Madison, WI
Audio/Visual: There's video streaming, but those horrible Buckys will make you pay for it. Live stats will be over here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteSoccer

I could tell you how neat it is that the Golden Eagles are 13-2-1 in non-conference matches since the start of last season, but then we'd bump against how MU went on a 13 match winning streak to open the 2012 season, and that both of the losses and the tie have come this season. Instead, it's more fun to discuss how Marquette comes into tonight's contest on a two match winning streak and a shutout streak running over 219 minutes. C. Nortey is your team leader in goals with 4, after notching the game winner on Saturday's 1-0 win over Xavier. Freshman standout Coco Navarro had the lone assist on Nortey's strike, which pushed him into both the team and league lead in helpers. Keeper Charlie Lyon has allowed just three goals in MU's last six games, and as a result, his goals-against average has dipped just below a goal per 90 minutes at 0.97.

The Badgers started out their season nicely, going 5-0-1, including an overtime win over DePaul. But the last 188 minutes have not been kind to Bucky. First, backup keeper Max Jentsch coughed up an 83rd minute goal to lose a shutout against IPFW. From there, Wisconsin has lost their last two matches. There was a 2-0 shutout against Gonzaga for their first loss of the season, and then a 3-1 loss to Penn State in their Big Ten opener. To make a two match losing streak even worse, PSU's game winner came on an own goal when Carl Schneider decided the best place to make a clearance would be out in front of the net where it was deflected in off one of his teammates in red.

Senior Nick Janus has the team lead in goals with four, and he's one of just five Badgers to have started all eight contests. Senior Tomislav Zandro and sophomore Drew Conner both have four assists to pave the way for Wisconsin, both figuratively and literally. Redshirt freshman Casey Beyers has done most of the work in net, assembling a goals-against average of 1.37 and a save percentage of .686.