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#7 Marquette Men's Soccer Preview: At Butler

Andy Lyons

[Update: Marquette Athletics has gone back and crunched the numbers.  Lyon's streak was inadvertently inflated by 10 minutes after the double overtime draw at Georgetown.  As such, the 798:39 streak has dropped out of the top ten.

In tenth place again is Creighton's Brian Holt with a 806:26 streak: Lyon and the Marquette lads can surpass him with just under 8 minutes of shutout soccer.  The chart has been amended. - MrsB]

With his eight consecutive shutout of the season last Saturday against St. John's, Charlie Lyon moved into 10th place in NCAA history with a shutout streak of 808:39.  That means the only logical thing to do by way of a preview for tonight's match between #7 Marquette and Butler is to provide you with a handy-dandy card that will help you keep track of when Lyon moves up the all-time list.

Butler Elapsed Time Record Time Record Holder Year
31:20 829:58 Bob Willen, Virginia 1987
47:22 846:00 Alex Maslow, Furman 2002
52:22 851:00 Chris Snitko, UCLA 1993
92:47 891:25 Tony Meola, Virginia 1988
99:05 898:03 David Cappuccio, Colgate 2005-06
101:22 900:00 Randy Phillips, SMU 1980

Obviously, I think we would all appreciate it if Lyon was able to surpass Randy Phillips in MU's match against Villanova on Saturday as opposed to tonight. [Lyon could still pass Meola, Cappuccio, and Phillips tonight if the match goes to overtime.  Our previous sentiment stands. - MrsB]

As an additional note, if Lyon successfully pulls off the clean sheet against the Bulldogs, he will break Marquette's record for shutouts in a career.  Lyon is currently tied with Jim Welch at 28.  It will also move Lyon into a tie for the 20th most shutouts in NCAA history.

Big East Match #3: at Butler (4-5-3, 0-3-0 Big East)

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 6pm Central
Where: Butler Bowl, in Indianapolis, IN
Audio/Visual: Looks like we'll have to settle for live stats on this one.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteSoccer

A year ago, Butler squeaked their way into the Big East tournament with a win over Xavier in the regular season finale.  So far this year, the Bulldogs are without a point through three matches.  They had been on a three match unbeaten streak heading into league play, including a scoreless draw against an Indiana squad that's now ranked #5 in the country.

The goalkeeping situation is rather perplexing for the Bulldogs.  Freshman Eric Dick got the nod to start the season, but after Butler was 2-2-1 to start the season, Butler moved to senior Andy Holte, who got that draw against the Hoosiers in his season debut.  Holte worked that 2-0-1 run heading into conference play, and then all of the first two matches of Big East action as well.  Dick started Butler's last outing against Creighton, but was lifted down 1-0 after 51 minutes.  Holte played the remainder and gave up a goal of his own to put the Bulldogs into a 2-0 hole that they could only cut in half with a goal in the 82nd minute.

The biggest thing for Butler is getting Zach Steinberger back.  The preseason all-Big East midfielder returned against the Bluejays after missing the previous four matches due to injury.  The senior from California has just two assists in 2014, but finished last season with six goals and four assists, so he's definitely a capable offensive threat.

Sophomore David Goldsmith leads Butler in goals this season with five, which also has him in a tie for third most in the Big East.  Junior Jeff Adkins is right behind him with four, which is kind of odd, since Adkins led the Big East in assists in 2013.  All told, the Bulldogs have 13 assists on 15 goals this season, so Marquette will have to keep their eyes open on the passing lanes in order to come away with three points.