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#7 Marquette Men's Soccer Preview: vs Villanova

The Golden Eagles look to bounce back from Wednesday's loss to Butler with a home date against the Wildcats.


Ok, so the streak is over.  Marquette let in a goal in the seventh minute against Butler on Wednesday, ending Charlie Lyon's shutout streak at 804:58 and eight consecutive complete matches without a goal.  Unfortunately, the offensive end of the field didn't yield a goal for the Golden Eagles, and they had their eight match unbeaten streak snapped as well.

They're still the #7 team in the country according to the NSCAA because a new poll won't come out until next Tuesday, and if MU wants to keep themselves in the top 25, they can't afford a loss to the Wildcats here.  The good news is that things are quite hectic in the Big East standings, as Creighton is the only team to stay on the winning track in every match.  This contest will be the first of three straight at home for Marquette, and the second of four matches in eleven days.

Big East Match #4: vs Villanova (6-5-2, 1-2-1 Big East)

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 7pm
Where: Valley Fields
Audio/Visual: Live free video streaming, WMUR's streaming radio broadcast, and live stats, too.
Special Promotions: Still on campus for fall break? The residence hall with the most people attending get FREE PIZZA at halftime!  Save your ticket from this one and get FREE ADMISSION to tomorrow's women's soccer match against DePaul.
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The Wildcats find themselves tied with Marquette for fifth in the Big East standings with four points.  While the results haven't been going in their favor that much in league play, they've been mixing in non-conference wins since Big East play started.  This is how they've built a 3-1-1 record in their last five matches.

Senior striker Aaron Dennis leads the Big East in shots per game, but he only ranks eighth in points with 12 and fifth in goals with five.  Dennis hasn't recorded a point in any of Nova's last three matches, which is how Hayden Harr is tied with him for the team lead in goals.  Max Kroschwitz leads VU in assists with three, but they have 16 assists on 16 goals this season, so they're more than happy to make the pass to help a teammate score.

It's not going to be easy for Marquette to snap out of their scoring funk with Will Steiner in net for Villanova.  The sophomore from Point Lookout, NY, has played every minute for the Wildcats this season, and he's turned in the second best save percentage in the conference, trailing only MU's Charlie Lyon.  Steiner's got a goals-against average of 0.67, which is fourth best in the Big East.