Men's Soccer Stays Undefeated With 1-0 Win at Green Bay
Aug. 26, 2012
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Marquette University opened the men's soccer season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2000 as the Golden Eagles blanked Green Bay 1-0 Sunday from Aldo Santaga Stadium. Eric Pothast's goal in the 30th minute proved to be the game-winner.
Marquette hit the woodwork three times early in the first half before finally capitalizing on a set piece. A free kick taken by Paul Dillon near the center circle found the head of 6-foot-7 Axel Sjoberg. Sjoberg flicked it across the box to Eric Pothast, who volleyed it past Green Bay goalkeeper Ryan Wehking for the decisive score.
Pothast had a header in the 12th minute that hit the crossbar off MU's first corner kick of the match.
MU rattled off eight shots on goal compared to just one on frame by the Phoenix (1-1-0), but not to say Green Bay didn't have ample opportunities. A pair of one-on-one chances bookended the first half, including a shot by Ahmad Bah that went wide of the left post in the opening minutes and a strike by Alonso Flores that was saved by Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.
The Golden Eagles continued to apply pressure in the second half. Adam Lysak registered three of Marquette's six shots in the final period, including a strike in the 72nd minute that was cleared by the Green Bay defense before Kelmend Islami was able to get to the rebound.
Bah nearly equalized earlier in the half when his shot hit the cross bar from the left corner of the box in the 52nd minute.
Nonetheless, Marquette head coach Louis Bennett mentioned he was happy how his squad was able to kill off the game in the final 10 minutes. The MU victory snapped an eight-game home field winning streak by the Phoenix.
Marquette returns to Valley Fields for more non-conference action this Friday, Aug. 31, when the Golden Eagle play host to UIC. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Robb, Selvaggi, E. Pothast, Jansson, Hermsen, J. Pothast, Islami (Subs: Lysak, Hoover, Mau)