Islami Leads Marquette to 4-2 Rout Over Portland
Aug. 30, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. - It was a dominating effort for the Marquette University men's soccer team, which flexed its muscles in a convincing 4-2 road victory over the Portland Pilots at Merlo Field, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30.
The Golden Eagles (1-1-0) controlled possession and created numerous scoring chances early en route to a four-goal outburst to salvage a West Coast split. Senior Kelmend Islami, who missed all of the 2014 season, scored his first two goals of the year before the Pilots (0-2-0) could even start to get comfortable.
Islami put Marquette ahead in the 6th minute with a header to the left upper 90, that was started with a long throw-in by Jake Taylor that was flicked on by John Pothast. The South Milwaukee native struck again in the 14th minute on a well timed through ball by C. Nortey to make it 2-0.
Taylor later assisted Alex McBride on MU's third goal of the match in the 31st minute and the rout was on.
Portland got one back in the first half on Brandon Zambrano's tally, a rebound off a Matthew Coffey shot that was initially saved by MU's Luis Barraza. The freshman keeper made his second straight start and was credited with three saves and two goals allowed in just over 67 minutes of action. Junior Mac Wheeler made his first appearance of the season in relief and did not record a save.
Just 55 seconds into the second half, Nortey scored his first of the season as Jesper Larsson found him streaking through the box and the Accra, Ghana native slid it inside the right post to make it 4-1.
Hugo Rhoads, who tied Zambrano for the Portland lead with three shots, added his team's second goal in the 55th minute.
Desperately trying to get back into match, Portland was forced to make the game physical and did so successfully, but Marquette was up to the task and denied any sort of comeback attempt. It was another spirited effort by the backline as they were without the services of Danny Jarosz and Jack Alberts, who are each expected to return soon.
The Golden Eagles will now look ahead to the highly anticipated match up against UW-Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Cup, which is set for Thursday, Sept. 3, at Engelmann Stadium. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.
Match Highlights: Marquette 4-2 Portland - Aug. 30, 2015
6' | MU Kelmend Islami (John Pothast): Developing off a throw-in from the right sideline, Kelmend Islami registers the first Marquette goal of the 2015 season, finding himself in the right place at the right time to head in a John Pothast flick to the far left post.
34' | UP Brandon Zambrano (Matthew Coffey): Pilots got on the board when Zambrano put home a rebound after initial shot by Coffey was saved by Barraza.
55' | UP Hugo Rhoads (Matthew Coffey): Portland opted for a short corner as Coffey delivered a simple pass to Rhoads, who was free at the top of the 18, and fired a blast that went untouched into the left near post. Barraza may have been screened, which prevented him from making a play on the shot.
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
2' | MU - MU turnover in defending third leads to a Portland blast by Erik Edwardson, who shoots it just wide of the left post. Luis Barraza was well-positioned had it landed on target.
17' | MU - The Golden Eagles continued to apply pressure as C. Nortey nearly made it a 3-0 lead at the time as a Portland defender barely got a deflection on his shot near post.
27' | MU - Luis Barraza challenged for the first time makes a diving save to his right on an Erik Edwardson shot from the top of the box, about 22 yards out.
33' | UP - Rhoads with a dangerous cross in the box and just misses the foot of a sliding Pilot striker. Well defended by the Golden Eagles.
36' | MU - David Selvaggi blasts a shot from inside the 18, going for the upper right 90, but it's saved over the crossbar by UP's Paul Christensen.
52' | MU - Kelmend Islami nearly a hat trick after his header goes bar down, but stays out of the net. Brilliant cross by Howell.
69' | UP - MU's Mac Wheeler enters the game, replacing Luis Barraza in goal and is challenged immediately, covering up an attempted clear that bounced off a Portland striker's foot and back toward the net. Wheeler recover to avoid disaster.
70' | UP - Eddie Sanchez's header from inside the 6 hits the crossbar and goes out for a goal kick.
PORTLAND - 3-Edwardson, 4-Dunn, 7-Coffey, 10-Sanchez, 11-Jellah, 13-Rhoads, 14-Zambrano, 16-Johnston, 20-Trah, 21-Mills, 30-Christensen
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