We’re going to swing back around into creating some Marquette stat charts as the summer rolls on, just like we did last summer. It’ll give us something to do on the quieter days of the collegiate sports offseason, as well as give us something to keep an eye on when the 2019-20 campaigns begin in August.
Today, we take a peek at the top 10 goal scorers in men’s soccer history.
Let’s be clear before we get too into this: Jose Itarte and Hayden Knight both scored 52 goals in their collegiate careers, and that record is nowhere close to being broken this year. Knight set the record in 1979 and Itarte tied it in 1985. One year later, Tom Comiskey reached 38 goals, and since then, no one else has come closer than 35.
The record is probably safe forever. Chris Lee (35 goals) and C. Nortey (30 goals) are the only two men to break into the top 10 since the turn of the century. It seems that lower scoring games is just part of the nature of college soccer at this point, so barring an absurdly amazing player willing to spend four years at Marquette, I don’t think anyone is ever going to clear 40 goals ever again, much less 50.
This brings us to Luka Prpa, who is entering his senior year this fall. After a six goal junior campaign, Prpa has 17 career goals. Cory Butler and Marshall Morehead are tied for the 10th most goals in MU history with 27. It might be a large ask of Prpa to record 10 goals in his final go-round to crack into the top 10, but it’s possible. Prpa had 10 goals in 16 matches as a freshman, so it’s entirely possible that he does it again. He’s only scored seven goals since then, of course, so it’s also very not possible.
With Lukas Sunesson, Josh Coan, and Connor Alba running around in front of Prpa in the midfield, it’s unlikely that he gets to 10 goals again. Then again, it was unlikely that he got to six, I suppose, so we’ll see what happens.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the 2019 season.
The Marquette Men’s Soccer All Time Goals Chart