Marquette Falls to Loyola 1-0 in Second Exhibition
Aug. 18, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team fell to Loyola Chicago, 1-0, in an exhibition contest at Valley Fields on Tuesday night, Aug. 18.
Loyola's Alex Lasinski recorded the lone tally of the match in the 75th minute off a deflected ball in the box to give the Ramblers a lead they would not relinquish. Marquette head coach Louis Bennett was able to play nearly everyone on his roster at the team used its second exhibition match as another learning tool moving ahead toward the regular season, which begins Aug. 28, at Oregon State.
The first half presented multiple scoring chances for the Golden Eagles that went unconverted to Bennett's dismay. Loyola turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and limited Marquette to two shots.
Loyola experienced similar difficulties generating offense throughout the match as it totaled just five shots on the night.
It was a physical match throughout as Loyola committed 17 fouls, while Marquette committed nine.
Marquette's third and final exhibition match of the season is slated for Saturday, August 22, against Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kick off is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
75’ | LU Alec Lasinski (Unassisted): Broken play that started with a cross from the corner that was deflected on its way into the box and led to Marquette defenders being out of position and Brady Walsh scrambling to try and clear the ball off the line. The ball found the foot of Lasinski, who then slotted home the empty net try from less than 6 yards out.
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
11’ | MU – Daniel Szczepanek breaks free and receives a pass from C. Nortey with only the goalie to beat, but his shot is sent right into the keeper standing in his way as Andrew Chekadanov makes the save to thwart the first scoring chance of the match for either side.
20’ | LU – Kevin Engesser with a header off a corner kick which sailed just high of target.
34’ | MU – Louis Bennett II crosses a ball into the box and towards the net intended for C. Nortey, but is deflected by Loyola goalkeeper and cleared by Loyola defenders.
71’ | MU – First corner kick of the evening for Marquette is headed and cleared out of the box by Loyola defenders.
MARQUETTE – 2-Pothast, 5-Jarosz, 6-Alba, 7-Islami, 8-Szczepanek, 10-Nortey, 12-McBride, 17-Hermsen, 19-Bennett II, 20-Taylor, 30-Wheeler
LOYOLA CHICAGO – 00-Chekadanov, 2-Schoendorf, 5-Hare, 8-Lifka, 11-Collier, 12-Thomson, 14-Likhovid, 15-Stevenson, 18-Kraussel, 20-Vinson, 22-Engesser
Head coach Louis Bennett on the exhibition season as a whole: “We chose (as a coaching staff) at the beginning of the year that we were going to address the first two exhibitions as training exercises. Meaning we were going to be more concerned with the work we put into each match and getting a lot players into the game and not necessarily the end result.”
Head coach Louis Bennett on the quality of play in the first half against Loyola Chicago: “The first half we didn’t give a goal away and we created some really nice chances, so I feel good about that. (Daniel) Sczcepanek and (C.) Nortey had some quality chances that they could’ve slotted home.”
Head coach Louis Bennett on what to look forward to in the final exhibition match: “We’ll start to get closer to what we’ll be looking for in the regular season with the way we approach our final exhibition game against Indiana.”
Head coach Louis Bennett on the play of the freshman class so far in the preseason: “I’m relatively happy with the freshmen class. It requires a quick learning curve from them and it’s a lot of information that we give to them. I’ve been really happy with them in the way they have performed and what they’ve done to this point.”
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