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 look at the best passers in MU men’s soccer history, specifically those guys who set up their teammates to score goals.
If you remember our look at the all-time goals top 10, then a lot of the names that you’ll see below are pretty familiar names. Each of the top five guys in assists are also in the top 10 for goals. That’s some pretty impressive footwork.
I don’t think Hayden Knight’s assists record is as untouchable as the goals record that he shares with Jose Itarte. Yes, there is the same issue in terms of recency, where no one in the last 16 years has even come within 10 assists of Knight. Odds are the styles of collegiate men’s soccer at this point will prevent anyone from getting close to Knight and his 42 career assists.
In fact, the reason why we’re putting this list together this summer is almost a proof of the fact that no one will come close to Knight. Luka Prpa enters his senior season with 17 career assists, three away from ninth most all time. You’ll notice that the list below only has nine men on it, as the official MU record book lists “two players” tied in 10th with 19 assists. I’m not going to bother putting that into the chart as I feel comfortable saying that Prpa will easily surpass that in 2019.
Prpa has recorded six, five, and six assists in his three seasons in blue and gold. Like I said, I feel safe in presuming that he’ll tally three to give him 20 and tie for 9th place all time. Five or six assists, like he has in the past, would get him into seventh place all time, either in a tie with Cory Butler or one past him. The tie for fifth place between Tom Comiskey and Sean Reti is easily reachable, but it would take a career high of seven assists in a season. That’s not ridiculous to think possible, it’s just better than a season that Prpa has ever put up.
That’s probably the upper bounds of what’s possible for Prpa in his final college season. Is nine assists and a tie with Jose Itarte for fourth out of the question? Probably not, but anything past that turns into one of the 10 best assists seasons in program history. Again, given the style of college soccer at this point, it seems unlikely. We’ll merely have to settle for watching Prpa etch his name into the top 10.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the 2019 season.
The Marquette Men’s Soccer All-Time Assists Chart