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 point scorers in men’s soccer history.
Let’s be clear before we get too into this: Hayden Knight is MU’s all-time record holder at 146 points, and that record is nowhere close to being broken this year. In fact, it might (almost definitely) never get broken. Knight set the record in 1979, and Jose Itarte threw together 130 by the end of the 1985 season. By the end of 1986, Tom Comiskey got to 100, and no one has even scored 80 points since then.
Chris Lee (78 points) and C. Nortey (69 points) 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 (yeah, right), I don’t think anyone is ever going to clear 80 points ever again.
This brings us to Luka Prpa, who is entering his senior year this fall. After an 18 point junior campaign, Prpa has 51 career points. Kevin Berry sits in 10th place with 68 points. That’s just 17 points away for Prpa, who had a freshman season of 26 points. Marquette wasn’t a particularly strong offensive team a year ago, and Prpa still found 18 points, one more than he needs to get into the top 10. It’s definitely possible that he pulls this off, perhaps more likely than sneaking into the goals top 10.
Prpa will have talent around him at the front of the formation in the form of Lukas Sunesson, Josh Coan, and Connor Alba. That will give him options for passes to help him build up his assist total. You need goals to rack up points quickly, though, and I’m not 100% sure that Prpa will get enough swings at the net in Louis Bennett’s system to record the goals he needs to get to 68 points to tie Berry. We’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the 2019 season.
The Marquette Men’s Soccer All-Time Points Chart