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Marquette Men's Soccer Preview: At Northern Illinois

Fresh off of their big Milwaukee Cup win, the Golden Eagles are in DeKalb tonight to face the Huskies.

Could have gone with NIU's costumed mascot.  Didn't.  Here's their live mascot instead.
Could have gone with NIU's costumed mascot. Didn't. Here's their live mascot instead.
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So far this season, #17/19 Marquette has done a heck of a job answering two of the questions we had about the Golden Eagles at the start of the season.  MU has posted four consecutive shut out wins, moving goalkeeper Charlie Lyon within four of tying the program's all time record.  Meanwhile, in those wins, Marquette has scored seven goals, with only one coming off the boot of junior striker C. Nortey.  Fellow junior David Selvaggi leads the team with three goals, and while he hasn't found the back of the net, sophomore Louis Bennett II has added three assists to the ledger.

Big East matches start next weekend, but it appears that the defending regular season and tournament champs are firing on all cylinders heading into tonight's match against the Huskies.

Match #7: At Northern Illinois (2-2-2)

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 7pm Central
Where: Soccer Complex in DeKalb, IL
Audio/Visual: NIU's got live video for you, but it's via subscription only.  Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteSoccer

At first glance, that record of two wins, two losses, and two draws might not be particularly impressive.  But they are 1-0-1 in their last two, which includes a 1-0 win over the then-#23 ranked UIC Flames.  It was NIU's first win over a ranked opponent since 2008, and you had better believe that they'll fired up to pick up a second one just eight days later.

The Huskies were picked to finish fourth in the six team MAC this season, although they were the first team in the poll to not pick up at least one first place vote.  The MAC doesn't name a preseason all-conference team, but sophomore Chris Paton was named co-Player of the Week for last week.  Paton had the game winner in NIU's upset of UIC, and just for kicks (get it? kicks?), he had an assist on the 90th minute goal that helped them earn a 2-2 draw against UW-Green Bay.  The native of Scotland is tied for the team lead in goals and assists with two each, and combined, that gives him the team lead in points at six.   Seven different Huskies have notched assists this season, so they're a very talented team at finding the available man for a clean shot.  Redshirt junior Andrew Glaeser minds the net for NIU with a goals-against average of 1.09 so far this season.  Glaeser's save percentage is only .731, though, making 19 saves while giving up seven goals.