Saturday's non-conference match between Milwaukee Marquette and Cleveland St. Ignatius at Valley Fields will be a matchup of two of the nation's top-10 prep boys soccer teams, according to Elite Soccer Report.
The Hilltoppers (15-0-2 at the time) moved up three spots to No. 6 in this week's ESR Top 50 after winning four matches last week, while the Wildcats (10-0-3) slipped five places to No. 9 after drawing both of their games.
In this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, Marquette improved two places to 12th and St. Ignatius fell 14 spots to No. 17.
The teams meet at 2 p.m. in the first of two big games Saturday at Valley Fields, with ninth-ranked Marquette playing host to No. 2 Connecticut in a Big East Conference men's showdown at 7:05 p.m.
- Milwaukee Marquette, which is unbeaten in its past 53 matches (50-0-3), remained second in the NSCAA Region VI poll. Middleton is sixth, with Green Bay Preble seventh, Madison West 10th and Muskego 14th.
- Senior Zach Owens and junior Reid Stevenson scored and David VanDreeseposted the clean sheet as Sturgeon Bay, ranked first in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division 3 poll, blanked No. 3 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 2-0 on Tuesday to clinch its fifth straight Packerland Conference title. The Clippers (19-3-0, 15-0-0), who dealt the Blazers (19-2-1, 14-2-0) their only other loss with a 2-0 decision back on Sept. 6, face Algoma on Thursday looking to complete a perfect conference season.
- Columbus and Lodi shared the Capitol Conference championship after a wild final night of the conference season Tuesday. The Cardinals (10-7-1, 7-1-1) rallied past Lakeside Lutheran 3-2 – Juan Bonilla scored the equalizer in the 59th and the game-winner in the 72nd and Chris Crombie assisted on all three goals – and the Blue Devils (16-3-1, 7-1-1) blanked Wisconsin Heights 4-0. Sugar River, though, was poised to leapfrog Columbus and Lodi and claim the title, leading Cambridge-Deerfield by two goals at halftime in Belleville, but United stormed back for a 3-2 victory. Junior Lucas Aplin scored twice, sophomore Jack Poirier added the other goal and senior keeper Nick Collar finished with 10 saves as Cambridge-Deerfield forced the host Raiders (9-8-4, 6-1-2) to settle for third.