Marquette Draws Even with Bradley in First Exhibition
Aug. 15, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team opened up the preseason exhibition schedule against Bradley University at Valley Fields Saturday night, Aug. 15.
The Golden Eagles peppered the Braves defense with 17 shots, including seven on target, and raced out to a 3-1 halftime lead. Bradley responded in the second half with two late goals, including a penalty with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to salvage a draw.
Head coach Louis Bennett opted for two separate lineups for each half with the first half group garnering the majority of scoring chances for the Blue & Gold. Louis Bennett II opened the scoring for MU with a penalty kick goal in the 16th minute and then assisted John Pothast with a free kick just 3 minutes later.
That erased a 1-0 deficit that saw Grant Bell put the Braves on the board in the 6th minute.
The Braves stormed back in the second half with Matt Perry connecting on a set piece on a Morales corner kick in the 78th minute. Morales then converted a penalty shot with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation to put a cap on an action-packed exhibition for the 300-plus fans in attendance.
Bradley goalkeeper Logan Ketterer made several sprawling saves to keep the match within reach for the Braves.
6' | BU Grant Bell (Joe Morales): Header off a cross.
16' | MU Louis Bennett II (Penalty): An MU crossing attempt was knocked down by BU's Jacob Taylor and he was whistled for the handball.
78' | BU Matt Perry (Joe Morales): Header off corner kick.
90' | BU Joe Morales (Penalty)
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
20' | MU - Danny Jarosz Put a foot on a cross from the far post that ricocheted off the crossbar.
33' | MU - Kelmend Islami shot from 18 yards out was denied by BU's Logan Ketterer, who made an acrobatic save to push the ball over the top of the goal.
59' | BU - Logan Ketterer made another spectacular save, diving to rob MU's Toby Howell of a goal when he attempted a shot at the far post from 15 yards out.
72' | MU - Daniel Szczepanek spiked a header into the ground from 10 yards out in an effort to slide it under the GK Ketterer, but it hit the crossbar and bounced out.
BRADLEY - 2-Olson, 4-Taylor, 7-Gardner, 12-Kotowski, 13-Dennert, 14-Morales, 18-Bell, 19-Lwanga, 20-Brown, 23-Kovacevic
COACH BENNETT ON THE TEAM'S FORM: "I was surprised at our freshness and overall quality in front of the goal. I think a lot of our players are in good shape and I've been really happy with the way we've planned out our practices. They've been very intense and very focused and very determined. It was definitely an educational start for us."
COACH BENNETT ON THE PLAN AHEAD: "Our plan is to be ultimately ready for when play Oregon State (in the regular season opener). Tomorrow we'll work on some things we didn't do very well defensively and, then going forward, we'll work more on the offensive part of our game so we can put the ying and yang together to become a complete team."
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