April 4, 2016
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University men's soccer team kicked off its 2016 spring home schedule Saturday with a day-night doubleheader at Valley Fields that pinned the Golden Eagles against in-state foes UW-Green Bay and UW-Parkside.
"The day as a whole was extremely productive," said head coach Louis Bennett on the action. "To play two games and spread them out, we got a feel for our fitness and our level of readiness, which was extremely good."
In the morning contest, Marquette and Green Bay played to a 0-0 tie, as neither squad was able to generate much on the offensive side of the pitch amid the tough, snowy weather.
"The weather was as challenging as Green Bay," said Bennett on the game's conditions. "The snow prevents, sometimes, when teams want to move the ball, but I still think we played very well."
Fortunately the weather subsided in time for the nightcap and the Golden Eagles took advantage convincingly, running past Parkside, 4-0. Louis Bennett II registered a goal and two assists and Toby Howell added a goal and an assist. Nick Parianos and Danny Jarosz each added a goal as well, while Daniel Szczepanek chipped in an assist.
"To score four goals in any game is great," said Bennett, who was pleased with his team's effort as well as the competition. "Parkside is a very solid Division II team, and they're a solid college team. It was really pleasing that we made the adjustments during the break and were able to capitalize."
Each Marquette player saw plenty of action between the two games combined, as every Golden Eagle played around 150 minutes with the exception of the four goalkeepers.
Bennett was pleased with the play of his veterans, namely John Pothast and Louis Bennett II.
"They gelled well with our younger guys," Bennett said of his captains. "Pothast and Louis did a great job. It was a good way to see how the new and old would fuse."
Another major takeaway from the day was the contribution of those younger guys. In total, four of MU's five true freshmen saw action as well as several redshirt freshmen.
"They played and they played well," Bennett said of his rookies. "We had a chance to play brand new freshmen and redshirt freshmen and they're adjusting really well. We're getting a slight insight into what we're going to look like and what we're going to be able to do."
Marquette will continue its spring slate on Friday, April 8, with a matchup against UW-Milwaukee in the Bob Sumy Classico. The game will take place at Valley Fields, with the opening kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time.