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College Soccer Weekend Preview

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Undefeated Marquette sent a strong message with last week’s win against UConn, but now they must live up to their new label as national power when they travel to the nation’s capital to take on fellow Big East power Georgetown.

Ranked No. 7 in the latest SBI Top 25, the Hoyas suffered consecutive Big East losses to UConn and Notre Dame, but regrouped recently with a win against Lehigh, and their attack has the weapons to cause problems for Marquette. The No. 3 Golden Eagles have posted seven shutouts this season and are led by 6-foot 7 centerback Axel Sjoberg. The Hoyas tandem of Brandon Allen and Andy Reimer is one of the best strike forces in the Big East and will give unbeaten Marquette all they can handle.

A pair of Atlantic 10 powers face off in Missouri, where No. 18 Saint Louis takes on streaking No. 20 VCU. The Billikens have won four of five, but their defense will face a tough challenge from a VCU attack that has scored seven goals in their past two matches. Forward Jason Johnson leads the Rams offense with eight goals, while midfielder Mario Herrera Meraz gives the team a skilled midfield threat.

Here is a rundown of this weekend’s top college matches:



Duke vs. (1) Maryland, 7pm

(8) Xavier vs. Dayton, 7pm

Air Force vs. (11) New Mexico, 9pm

San Diego State vs. (13) UCLA, 10pm

(17) Elon vs. Georgia Southern, 7pm

(18) Saint Louis vs. (20) VCU, 7pm

(21) Charlotte vs. Fordham, 7pm

(24) Washington vs. California, 6pm

Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina State, 7pm


College of Charleston vs. (2) North Carolina, 7pm

Northern Illinois vs. (3) Akron, 2pm

(7) Georgetown vs. (4) Marquette, 1pm

Seton Hall vs. (6) Notre Dame, 7pm

UC-Davis vs. (10) UCSB, 6pm

UNC-Wilmington vs. (14) Old Dominion, 7pm

VMI vs. (12) Coastal Carolina, 2pm

Louisville vs. (15) St. John’s, 7pm

(19) Furman vs. Appalachian State, 7:30pm

(23) Cornell vs. Yale, 1pm

(25) Cal-State Northridge vs. UC-Riverside, 10pm

Central Arkansas vs. Creighton, 3pm

South Florida vs. Syracuse, 7:30pm

SIU-Edwardsville vs. Missouri State, 8pm


Denver vs. (11) New Mexico, 3pm

(16) Northwestern vs. Ohio State, 1pm

(18) Saint Louis vs. Richmond, 1pm

(21) Charlotte vs. LaSalle, 1pm

Central Florida vs. (22) SMU, 7pm

West Virginia vs. Hartwick, 7:30pm

Penn State vs. Michigan State, 3pm


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