Marquette Stays Unbeaten With 1-0 Shutout Over UIC
Aug. 31, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Junior Eric Pothast scored his second-straight game-winning goal as the Marquette University men's soccer held off UIC (1-2-0) for a 1-0 win Friday night at Valley Fields. With the victory, the Golden Eagles improve to 3-0-0 on the season.
Junior Bryan Ciesiulka served a corner kick that Pothast headed in near post in the 40th minute to give the Golden Eagles the lead going into the locker room at halftime. MU then staved off the Flames' attack, including 2011 Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year Ivan Stanisavljevic, for the duration of regulation to preserve the clean sheet.
Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon earned his second consecutive shutout, but wouldn't come easy. UIC rattled off 12 shots in the match, including five shots on goal. However, none were as dangerous as Josh Beard's strike with 25 seconds remaining that Lyon saved by punching the ball over the crossbar.
The Golden Eagles, who have proven early on this season that they can create changes off set pieces, managed just two shots on goal. Besides Pothast's decisive tally, MU's only other shot on frame came in the 35th minute as freshman right back Adam Hermsen made his way forward, but had his shot from the right corner of the box stopped by UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski for the Flames' lone save of the match.
UIC nearly equalized in the 70th minute when Stanisavljevic's corner kick from the left side curled into the box before being cleared off the line by Ciesiulka who was sitting at the far post.
In spite of a few things that did not go there way, the Golden Eagles were able to control the pace of what ended up being a fairly pedestrian match.
Pothast, who also scored the game-winning goal in MU's 1-0 shutout at Green Bay last Sunday, along with his entire supporting cast has helped the Golden Eagles get off to their best start since the 2000 season when MU began 4-0-0 to start the campaign. Marquette looks to match that feat this Sunday, Sept. 2 at Drake (2 p.m. CT).