Oct. 5, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Fresh off a 2-1 victory at previously unbeaten No. 3 Georgetown on Wednesday, the No. 2 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to face 10-0 and No. 9-ranked Marquette on Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. EST. The game can be heard live at WHUS.org.
Connecticut and Marquette are two of just six remaining unbeaten teams heading into Saturday’s match. The Huskies sit at 10-0-1 (3-0-0 BIG EAST) while Marquette owns a 10-0 (2-0-0) record. Marquette joins Cornell as the only teams in the NCAA with perfect, unblemished records.
Marquette boasts an 11-game regular-season winning streak heading into Saturday's match vs. UConn which stands as the longest in the nation. MU has not lost a regular-season match since Oct. 26, 2011, when Connecticut handed the eventual BIG EAST Blue Division Champions a convincing 3-0 defeat in Storrs.
The Huskies have never lost to Marquette and enter Saturday night’s match at 7-0-1 all-time against the Golden Eagles.
In UConn’s last match, the Huskies traveled to Georgetown and came away with a 2-1 victory behind goals from Allando Matheson and Mamadou Doudou Diouf. The loss was the first of the year for the Hoyas.
Saturday’s match will feature the BIG EAST’s most prolific offense (Marquette – 2.30 goals per game) against the league’s stingiest defense (Connecticut – 0.35 goals against average).
Marquette is led by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who is coming off his sixth shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory at Provience, and 6-foot-7 Swedish center back Axel Sjoberg. Sjoberg, a redshirt freshman, currently leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists
Marquette leads the league in goals but has just one player in the league’s top-10 in scoring. The 6-foot-7 Sjoberg ranks tied for ninth with 11 points.
Connecticut will enter the game with three of the league’s top-five scorers in Diouf (2nd, 8G-1A-17Pts), Carlos Alvarez (4th, 5G-6A-16Pts) and Matheson (5th, 6G-1A-13Pts).
The two teams have just one common opponent, with both programs earning a 2-1 victory at Michigan State.
Connecticut keeper Andre Blake and his counterpart at Marquette, Charlie Lyon, rank first and second in the BIG EAST in goals against average. Blake comes in at 0.36 while Lyon has allowed just 0.48.