Men's Soccer Drops Exhibition Finale to No. 14 Indiana, 2-0
Aug. 22, 2015
Box Score (PDF)
“We’ll take this and certainly grow from it,” head coach Louis Bennett said. “When we play teams of this caliber, we know we’re going to have to do more to get better. It’s by no means demoralizing. It’s definitely a learning experience. We’ll now start the preparation for the regular season opener.”
The Golden Eagles registered more shots than their counterparts, accumulating a 9-7 advantage, and equaled the Hoosiers with two shots on target. Indiana capitalized on both opportunities.
In the 12th minute, Phil Fives took a Billy McConnell cross from the right side of the goal and squared a superb header for the game’s first goal.
Then, in the 47th minute, Jeremiah Gutjahr delivered a pass from the left end line back through the box where Tim Mehl struck a ball from 15 yards out to make it 2-0.
Marquette had at least two solid opportunities, including one from Kelmend Islami in the 68th minute where he crossed a defender and blasted a shot from 20 yards out that ricocheted off the crossbar.
Earlier in the match, Ben Tweedie headed a Jake Taylor cross that hit the post and C. Nortey made a great move to avoid a defender, but his shot was one-of-two saved by the IU goalkeeper, Collin Webb.
“It was a rugged, athletic Indiana team,” Bennett said. “We played this one closer to a regular game and we found out more about ourselves.”
Less than a week remains before Marquette hits the pitch for the regular season opener. The Golden Eagles will have a challenging test right from the get-go with a road matchup against Oregon State, Friday, Aug. 28.
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