MU Falls to Wright State, 2-1, in Preseason Opener

Aug. 13, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team opened its preseason slate on Saturday night at Valley Fields with a 2-1 setback to Wright State University. Redshirt junior Daniel Szczepanek's third-minute strike wasn't enough as the Raiders responded with two unanswered goals.

Officially less than a week into the preseason, the Marquette coaching staff made a point to get everyone into the match who was able to go. Even though offensive systems have yet to be introduced, the offense shone bright out of the gates.

In the third minute, Szczepanek started a counter attack, feeding a ball to freshman Connor Alba, who delivered a lead pass to the speedy freshman Jan Maertins. The German native raced up the left side line and found Szczepanek at the far post, who made a lengthy run for the first goal of the match.

The lead would hold until the 16th minute when WSU's Dan Bent headed home a rebound off an initial save from sophomore goalkeeper Luis Barraza. Both teams went into halftime knotted up at one goal apiece.

The second half would see its fair share of chances for each side, but Wright State found the go-ahead score in the 89th minute as Stefan Rokvic finished an organized cross from Austin Kinley to give the Raiders the 2-1 victory.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action for their second of three preseason matches when they take on Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Kickoff is set for 5:05 p.m. at Valley Fields.

3' | MU Daniel Szczepanek (Jan Maertins): An MU counterattack results in Daniel Szczepanek capitalizing on the first goal of the match. Jan Maertins led the attack and delivered an accurate cross inside the 6-yard box where Szczepanek finished the chance.

16' | WSU | Dan Bent (Jalim Bayo): Rebounded header that found that back of the net after Barraza made the initial save off Bayo's shot. The save deflected straight into the air and allowed Bent the scoring chance directly in front of net.

89' | WSU | Stefan Rokvic (Austin Kinley): A low service from the far side by Kinley found the head of Rokvic who redirected it past a diving Mac Wheeler near post.

10' | MU's Luis Barraza makes a diving save to his right on a free kick by WSU's Eric Lynch to keep MU in front 1-0.

23' | MU's Luis Barraza made a save off a close range shot by WSU's Tristan Lyle.

62' | MU's Mac Wheeler with a diving save to his right to deny a close range scoring chance on a header from Jarim Bayo.

67' | MU's Michael Gallo with a shot from the top of the 18-yard box, but Joel Sundell with an aggressive play coming out of net to make the sliding save.

MARQUETTE - 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 5-Jarosz, 7-Seagrist, 8-Tweedie, 9-Szczepanek, 11-C. Alba, 14-Prpa, 15-Sanchez, 17-Maertins, 21-Andreou

WRIGHT STATE - 33-Pignatiello, 2-Bayo, 4-Stovall, 5-Fernandes, 7-Lyle, 8-Dietrich, 9-Ngatcha, 14-Lynch, 19-Bent, 21-Zwiesler, 25-Hutton

LOCATION: Valley Fields, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DATE: Tuesday, August 16
TIME: 5:05 PM CT




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