Men's Soccer Minute: Thursday's Look Around the League

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BIG EAST Top-25 Tilts

No. 3/9 Georgetown will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, a 2-1 decision against No. 2/2 Connecticut, when the Hoyas face their second ranked opponent in as many games. GU will play at No. 10/11 Notre Dame on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. ET. The Irish are coming off a 7-1 win against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame's first conference win of the season in three tries. No. 2/2 Connecticut will play at No. 9/7 Marquette. Both teams are unbeaten this season.

 

Notre Dame Offensive Outburst

No. 10/11 Notre Dame scored early and often in its 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening. The offensive performance was spearheaded by two-goal efforts from seniors Danny O'Leary and Ryan Finley.  The seven-goal output was the largest for the Irish since a 7-1 win over Western Michigan on Oct. 14, 1997. Notre Dame's 36 shots in the match were the most for the program in the BIG EAST era (since 1995). The previous high was 32 against Drake in 2010.

 

Bearcats Shutout Streak Continues

Cincinnati extended its school-record shutout streak with a scoreless double-overtime draw against No. 21/20 USF on Wednesday evening. The Bearcats have held opponents scoreless for 624:14. UC is 4-0-2 during its shutout streak. UC's seven shutouts this season are the most since the 2010 squad, which finished 7-5-7 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, posted nine clean sheets.

 

Battle of the Unbeatens

No. 2/2 Connecticut improved to 10-0-1 (3-0-0 BIG EAST) and handed No. 3/9 Georgetown its first defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore All-American Andre Blake made seven saves on the day to earn the result. Georgetown drops to 10-1-1 (2-1-0 BIG EAST). The Huskies will face undefeated No. 9/7 Marquette (10-0-0, 2-0-0 BIG EAST) in Milwaukee, Wis. on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Marquette's Perfect Start

Marquette won both its matches last week to improve to 10-0-0 overall, reaching double-digit wins for the first time since 2002. MU is 18-3-1 in its last 22 matches and has won 11 consecutive regular-season matches, the second-longest streak in NCAA Division I. Marquette has not lost a regular-season match since a 3-0 loss at UConn on Oct. 26, 2011. Marquette has outscored opponents 23-5 this season, including a 7-0 margin in its first two BIG EAST games.

 

Battle in Net

Rafael Diaz tied a season high with six saves as No. 12/16 St. John's remained unbeaten in six games at home this season with a 0-0 draw against Villanova on Oct. 3. Diaz was credited with his sixth shutout of the season to lead St. John's (7-1-4, 1-1-1). The Red Storm will host Cincinnati on Oct. 6. UC's goalkeeper, Taylor Hafling, made six saves for his  seventh shutout of the season.