College Soccer Weekend Preview: Marquette faces Notre Dame again, A-10 powers collide, and more

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Notre Dame’s 3-1 humbling of Marquette on Wednesday helped force a four-way tie in the Big East Conference’s Blue Division, the strongest collection of teams in the nation. Marquette doesn’t have to wait long to exact some revenge.

The SBI No. 5 Golden Eagle will face the very same No. 7 Fighting Irish on Saturday in one of the weekend’s top match-ups. Marquette is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and will try to do a better job of dealing with Notre Dame’s midfield as well as leading scorer Ryan Finley.

The Atlantic 10 headlines tonight’s schedule, with all four ranked teams facing off in juicy matches. SBI No. 8 Xavier will put their unbeaten record on the line against No. 25 VCU, while No. 16 Charlotte travels to Illinois to take on No. 11 Saint Louis.

Here is a rundown of all the weekend’s matches featuring SBI Top 25 teams:


(all times Eastern)


North Carolina State vs. (4) North Carolina, 7pm

(25) VCU vs. (8) Xavier, 7pm

Oregon State vs. (10) UCLA, 4pm

(11) Saint Louis vs. (16) Charlotte, 8pm

San Jose State vs. (12) New Mexico, 10pm

(17) UCSB vs. Stanford, 5pm

(20) Washington vs. San Diego State, 10pm

(22) St. John’s vs. Syracuse, 7:30pm

Richmond vs. Dayton, 7pm

DePaul vs. South Florida, 1pm

SMU vs. Marshall, 1pm


(1) Maryland vs. Clemson, 7pm

Hartwick vs. (2) Akron, 3pm

(3) UConn vs. Providence, 7pm

(5) Marquette vs. (7) Notre Dame, 8:05pm

(6) Georgetown vs. Seton Hall, 1pm

Radford vs. (9) Coastal Carolina, 2pm

Hofstra vs. (13) Old Dominion, 7pm

Penn vs. (18) Brown, 7:30pm

Cincinnati vs. (19) Louisville, 7pm

(21) Creighton vs. Missouri State, 3pm

Wofford vs. (23) Furman, 7pm

UC-Riverside vs. Cal State Northridge, 10pm

Northern Illinois vs. West Virginia, 2pm

Central Arkansas vs. SIU-Edwardsville

Cornell vs. Princeton, 3pm


Richmond vs. (8) Xavier, 1pm

(11) Saint Louis vs. George Washington, 2pm

Seattle vs. (12) New Mexico, 4pm

Michigan State vs. (14) Indiana, 1pm

Wisconsin vs. (15) Northwestern, 1pm

Butler vs. (16) Charlotte, 1pm

(17) UCSB vs. UC-Davis, 5pm

(25) VCU vs. Dayton, 1pm

Penn State vs. Ohio State, 1pm

    • Modibo

      OK, never mind – just saw that. My bad. I should have known since Northwestern is ranked #15 here and 24th or so nationally.


  • rob

    “while No. 16 Charlotte travels to Illinois to take on No. 11 Saint Louis.”

    Seriously? I know it’s not a big city, but I sort of thought it was common knowledge that Saint Louis (and by extension, Saint Louis University) is in Missouri.


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