The COSM opens the 2022 campaign with a pair of home games this weekend

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MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University men’s soccer team (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) is set to kick off its 2022 campaign this weekend by hosting a pair of games at Valley Fields. MU takes on the No. 11 Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Thursday, August 25 at 5 p.m., then takes on the Utah Tech Trailblazers on Sunday, August 28 at 2:05 p.m.

Tulsa enters the season ranked No. 11 in the UnitedSoccerCoaches preseason poll. The Golden Hurricanes posted a strong 2021 campaign, which saw them finish the year 16-2-1, peaking second in the national poll. Alex Mienhard returns as the team’s top offensive threat after scoring 12 goals a season ago. Ben Barkleywho led the team with seven assists last year, now plays for Marquette.

Utah Tech (known as Dixie State before this season) finished its first season as a Division I program in 2021 with an overall rating of 4-13-1. The Trailblazers are returning seven starters from last year’s team. They will open their 2022 campaign Thursday in Wisconsin before heading to Milwaukee.

Sunesson named to All-BIG EAST pre-season team

For the second consecutive season, the senior striker Lukas Sunesson was named to the All-BIG EAST Pre-Season Team. The native of Taby, Sweden was United’s top scorer a season ago, netting six goals on the year to earn BIG EAST second-team honours. Sunesson was one of three United players to start all 16 games in 2021, logging 1,069 minutes on the pitch.

As a team, the Golden Eagles were chosen to finish seventh in the BIG EAST preseason coaches’ poll, a position that reflects their ranking from a season ago. In 2021, MU finished the year 7-8-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the league to narrowly miss out on the conference tournament.

New faces everywhere

While Marquette returns a lot of production from last season, including 11 starters and 16 letter winners, he also welcomes 10 newcomers. Seven freshmen and three transfers join coach Louis Bennettthis autumn.

Newcomers include Ben Barkley (Tulsa, Okla.), Abdoul Karim Pare (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Brooklyn Merl (Cologne, Germany), Ludvig Malberg (Västra Götaland, Sweden), Kyle Bebej (Joliet, Ill.) Diego Armando Alvarado (Addison, Ill.) Mitar Mitrovic (Belgrade, Sweden), Lucas Nestus (Pewaukee, Wis.), Tristan Rønnestad-Stevens (Perth, Australia) and Ryan Koschick (Chicago, Ill.)

Series history

All-time against Tulsa, Marquette split the series 1-1. The first meeting dates back to 1983, a 1-0 victory. The teams met last season in Oklahoma, a 1-0 victory for the Golden Hurricane on September 6. In that game, Malik Henry-Scott of Tulsa scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute to cement the win. Thursday will mark Tulsa’s first-ever trip to Milwaukee.

Sunday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between Marquette and Utah Tech.

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