MU Concludes Preseason at Omaha
Aug. 20, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. – The Marquette University men’s soccer team concluded its three-game exhibition season, losing in a shootout, 5-4, to the University of Nebraska-Omaha after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes of regulation at Caniglia Field on Saturday evening.
Freshman midfielder Luka Prpa collected the game-tying goal in the 56th minute on an assist from Daniel Szczepanek after Omaha’s Mark Moulton scored the first goal of the match in the second minute.
"I think, big picture, it’s what you would want from a preseason game. It was a big crowd, very energetic," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. "We had a miscue on a long throw-in and they scored, so we had to make some adjustements."
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Mac Wheeler put forth a quality effort in net with a couple first-half saves, including one that came on an Omaha penalty kick in the 33rd minute that denied Elvir Iblsevic a chance to put the Mavericks ahead 2-0.
Prpa’s goal in the 56th evened the score that held through the end of regulation thanks to sophomore goalie Luis Barraza, who came on in relief of Wheeler in the second half as planned, and matched his teammate with two saves in 45 minutes of action.
"I’m really happy with the goalkeeper situation," Bennett said. "Both guys played very well. Mac made a good save on a penalty and Wicho came in and did a nice job in the second half. We have a real battle at that position."
Marquette held the advantage in shots, 9-7, while UNO earned the slight, 4-3, edge in shots on goal with a 9-2 margin in corner kicks.
The Golden Eagles now look ahead to the regular season opener on Friday, Aug. 26, when they host Kentucky at Valley Fields at 7:05 p.m.
GOMARQUETTE.COM THE OFFICIAL HOME OF MARQUETTE ATHLETICS