For the first time in nine years, Seton Hall’s men’s soccer program will compete in the Big East Tournament.
— Seton Hall Men's Soccer (@SHUMSOC) April 10, 2021
The Pirates will sail to Shaw Field in Washington, D.C., home of the top-seeded Georgetown Hoyas, to face the Marquette Golden Eagles in a semifinal matchup this Thursday. It will mark the first time these two clubs have met since Nov. 9, 2019, when the Pirates outlasted the Blue and Gold in overtime at the Valley Fields stadium in Milwaukee.
Seton Hall finished their season with a 7-1-3 overall record, good enough for second in the Big East’s East Division behind Georgetown. The Pirates also ranked as high as ninth in the United Soccer Coaches Poll this year, their highest ranking since 1990.
— Seton Hall Men's Soccer (@SHUMSOC) April 7, 2021
The Pirates were one of the most well-rounded teams in the nation this year, sporting offensive weapons CJ Tibbling, James Boote and JP Marin, and a defensive unit that produced a conference-best six shutouts.
Tibbling led the team with four goals, which ranked sixth in the Big East, and Boote racked up five assists on the season, which placed him second in the conference.
𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝘼𝙉 𝙀𝙌𝙐𝘼𝙇𝙄𝙕𝙀𝙍!
— Seton Hall Men's Soccer (@SHUMSOC) March 17, 2021
Seton Hall also had five different defenders honored as part of the conference’s weekly awards: Jake Barrett, Luca Dahn, Eden O’Leary, Paavo Riihijarvi and Maurice Williams.
Way to go, Mo!⚽️
— Seton Hall Men's Soccer (@SHUMSOC) March 31, 2021
Marquette on the other hand, will be making their third straight Big East Tournament appearance after finishing first in the Big East’s Midwest Division with a 8-1-1 overall record.
Junior forward Lukas Sunesson led the team with six goals, which ranked fourth in the conference, and sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Hallwood had a phenomenal season in the net for the Golden Eagles.
Junior striker Lukas Sunesson is having a breakout season for MU 📈@BIGEASTchamps Ranks:
Points: 4th (13)
Points Per Game: 5th (1.30)
Goals: 2nd (6)
Goals Per Game: 4th (0.60)
Game-Winning Goals: 2nd (2)#WeAreMarquette | #MarquetteSoccer pic.twitter.com/jwcqOgtg8f
— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) April 5, 2021
Sophomore keeper Chandler Hallwood (@CH4NDLER_) has been sensational in his first year in the Blue & Gold.@BIGEASTchamps Ranks:
Wins: 1st (7)
Saves: 1st (41)
SV %: 1st (.872)
GAA: 3rd (0.60)
Minutes: 3rd (899:35)
Clean Sheets: 1st (5)#WeAreMarquette | #MarquetteSoccer pic.twitter.com/A4ra48Z4i1
— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) March 31, 2021
The Pirates’ semifinal game will be broadcasted live on the BIG EAST Digital Network’s YouTube channel at 3:30 p.m. EST and the championship game will be broadcasted on FS2 on Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.