Maertins' Four Goals Lead MU Past Detroit, 5-1
Aug. 16, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s soccer team was clicking on all cylinders in its second of three preseason exhibitions as freshman Jan Maertins sparked a five-goal barrage by scoring four by himself as the Golden Eagles dispatched the University of Detroit, 5-1, at Valley Fields on Tuesday night.
Maertins, a Rheinfelden, Germany native, converted each of his four first-half shots to spot Marquette a 4-0 halftime lead. The coaching staff had only introduced the team’s attacking systems in the last couple days, but it was evident already that things were progressing nicely.
Both teams played a 90-minute regulation match before agreeing to two additional 10-minute sessions to get some extra work in. The Golden Eagles showed tremendous success against the Titan defense, controlling possession and earning quality chances throughout the contest.
“We had just done a couple of days on attacking and we wanted to see who got it, who didn’t get it, and move forward with creating space and scoring goals,” Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. “I thought it we did well, scoring five goals and being organized in the way we did it, so I was really happy with that.”
Maertins scored his first three tallies in the first 18 minutes before adding his fourth in the 39th, using an array of skills to finish each goal.
“There’s a certain element to Jan - he can be dynamic,” Bennett said of the freshman Maertins. “Scoring four goals in one half was indicative of what he can do. Moving forward and playing forward, he’s a huge asset for us. I was very happy that he scored the goals, but I was more happy with his off the ball movement. The movement of the whole forward line was pretty good having only practiced it a couple of sessions.”
Diego Núñez tallied the final MU goal in the 61st minute as Luka Prpa’s free kick clanked off the crossbar and right to the foot of Núñez, who cleaned up the rebound easily.
Overall, the team showed flashes of success in every facet of the match, but as it is with the preseason schedule, there are always things to point to for improvements.
“I think we can still be better defensively, but it gives us now a definite point of direction,” Bennett said. “I thought the extra 20-minute game was definitely helpful. We have a good feel of who is fit enough, who we have to watch to stay healthy, and what we need to do to get the whole squad in form and playing together.
“This game was definitely about the process,” Bennett added. “The last two games have really been about that.”
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