Here we are, fresh off a week of no Marquette men's soccer. The Golden Eagles were supposed to open up the Big East schedule against Providence on Saturday, but the Friars were stuck in Rhode Island when a fire in a Chicago area air traffic control center caused their travel plans to be worthless. Thus, Charlie Lyon's shutout streak is still intact at just a shade over 508 minutes, and the team has a chance to extend their program record with a sixth consecutive shutout.
This isn't to say that the team is reliant only on defense. Sure, no MU goal scorer is in the top 10 in the conference at this point. But Louis Bennett II is tied for the second most assists in the Big East with four, while junior forward David Selvaggi is tied for seventh in points per game, averaging just a bit more than the value of an assist per game. All told, six different Golden Eagles have cashed in so far this season.
Marquette comes into tonight's contest ranked #12 in the country by the NSCAA and #17 by Soccer America.
Match #8: Vs Wisconsin (1-5-1)
When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 7pm Central
Where: Valley Fields
Audio/Visual: Time Warner Cable Sports 32 has the TV broadcast, GoMarquette.com has the free video streaming. Live stats will be here.
Special Promotions: You get to watch Charlie Lyon & Marquette go for a sixth straight shutout. FREE CHICKEN WINGS for students for Wings Wednesday, plus $1 hot dogs, sodas, and chips at the concession stand.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteSoccer
After an opening weekend where the Badgers lost to San Francisco.... at home.... and picked up a bounce back win over Xavier, it's pretty much been all downhill this season. Three straight losses, a draw against St. John's, and most recently, a 2-0 loss to new Big Ten foe Maryland, where the Terrapins scored twice in just over six minutes to get a 2-0 decision. Heck, the weirdest part of their schedule is that this match will be their FOURTH against Big East opponents, as they also have a 4-1 loss to Georgetown.
The shot ratios aren't going in Wisconsin's favor, but given that 1-5-1 record, I suppose you're not surprised to find that out. The opposition is outshooting the Badgers 90-61 this season, giving UW a Corsi rating of just 40.4%. Freshman forward Mark Segbers leads Bucky in goals so far this season with four, while fellow freshman and fellow St. Louis native Tom Barlow is tops in assists with two.
Freshman Adrian Remeniuk got the nod in net to start the season for head coach John Trask, but he got yanked halfway through the Georgetown game down 3-0, and redshirt sophomore Casey Beyers has been playing ever since. Beyers has been slightly better in slightly more minutes (1.84 goals-against average vs Remeniuk's 2.00), but his .650 save percentage is nothing to write home about. For what it's worth: Beyers was the keeper for Wisconsin when they defeated Marquette 1-0 last season.