Men's Soccer Drops Exhibition Finale to No. 14 Indiana, 2-0

Senior Kelmend Islami had two shots, including one on target against Indiana.
Aug. 22, 2015

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana – The Marquette University men’s soccer team closed out the exhibition slate with a matchup against No. 14 Indiana at the annual ShindigZ Soccer Festival held at the Heffner Complex. The Hoosiers scored at the beginning of each half to escape with a 2-0 win.

“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.

“Neither Luis Barraza nor Mac Wheeler, who split 45 minutes apiece in goal, could do much about either goal scored,” Bennett said. “It was a well-placed header and a well-placed shot by Indiana.”

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.

Islami, along with Toby Howell and Louis Bennett II, led the Golden Eagles with two shots apiece.

“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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