MU Men's Soccer Concludes Spring Season
May 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University men's soccer team concluded its spring campaign Sunday, April 28, taking on the DePaul Blue Demons and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. The Golden Eagles tied DePaul 1-1 at Valley Fields, and defeated UWM 3-2 at Englemann Stadium.
In the first action of the day, the contest between BIG EAST foes Marquette and DePaul ended in a 1-1 draw. For much of the first half both teams struggled to find the back of the net, but in the 23rd minute sophomore Kelmend Islami answered for Marquette by tapping the ball into the right corner of the net after a cross by sophomore midfielder Sebastian Jansson.
The Blue Demons scored the equalizing goal eleven minutes in to the second half, when freshman Joe Brinckwirth notched an unassisted goal.
The Golden Eagles featured a new line up in the second half. "This was a good opportunity to see everyone. We have a big squad and we have guys who are trying to make a statement," said head coach Louis Bennett.
Bennett noted that despite the 1-1 draw several players were effective, including freshman defender John Pothast. "In a half that wasn't going well, he played pretty well," said Bennett. "There were opportunities in the first half that showed how dangerous some of our guys can really be."
In the final action of the day,the Golden Eagles defeated UWM 3-2 on a header from Eric Pothast in the final minute of the match.
The Golden Eagles fell to an early 1-0 deficit after UWM capitalized on a corner kick opportunity in the 8th minute. Marquette responded early in the second half on a free kick when redshirt-freshman Axel Sjoberg scored off an assist from junior midfielder Paul Dillon.
Marquette struck again in the 61st minute on a cornerkick, when freshman John Pothast scored on a header from Dillon. The Panthers' had an answer in the 69th minute when they converted a penalty kick to knot the score at two a piece.
In the 89th minute of the match MU capitalized on yet another set piece when Dillon assisted junior midfielder Eric Pothast on a header, which was the game-winning goal.
Dillon recorded three assists on the evening, all of which came on set pieces.
"I think we are moving in the right direction by upping our ante and strengthening our depth this spring season," said Bennett.