No. 12 Marquette Drops Season-Opener, 2-1

C. Nortey, back from injury, tallied MU's lone goal Friday. It was his 10th career goal and first since the 2011 season.

Aug 30, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee used a pair of first-half goals to reclaim the Milwaukee Cup trophy with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Marquette University men's soccer team in the 2013 regular-season opener Friday. A record crowd of 3,312 fans were on hand at Engelmann Stadium.

Kickoff of the women's game played at Engelmann earlier Friday was delayed due to lightning strikes in the area, thus delaying the start of the 41st Milwaukee Cup match between the two cross-town rivals by approximately 50 minutes.

Milwaukee (1-0-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead moments after the opening kickoff on a set piece in the first minute of action. Laurie Bell served a free kick to the far post that was volleyed into the back of the net by teammate Declan Rodriguez.

Redshirt sophomore C. Nortey provided the lone highlight of the night for the Golden Eagles, when the Ghanaian striker leveled the contest at 1-1 in the 17th minute. Nortey was the benefactor of a Panther's turnover on the backline as the ball came off the head of a Milwaukee defender and bounced to Nortey who beat rookie goalkeeper Liam Anderson with a low shot to the left.

Nortey, who sat out last season due to injury, celebrated his first goal since the 2011 season with his signature back flip in front of the MU student section on the near sideline. It was his 10th career goal for the Blue & Gold.

It didn't stay even for long however. In the 23rd minute, Milwaukee's Rami Younes beat his defender down the right touchline. Younes' cross skipped all the way through to the left corner of the box where Austin Toth's one-timer from 10 yards out made it 2-1 in favor of the home side.

MU (0-1-0) was unable to equalize in the second half despite continued pressure on the attack.

Perhaps the Golden Eagles' best chance to equalize came in the 83rd minute. Bryan Ciesiulka's long throw-long found the head of Axel Sjoberg in the box, who flicked it back to Sebastian Jansson. Jansson, who was the hero of the 2012 Milwaukee Cup, unleashed a volley from point-blank range that was saved over the crossbar by Panthers' goalie.

Marquette out-shot Milwaukee 14-10 on the evening, including a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The Golden Eagles' next match is their home opener this Sunday, Sept. 1 at Valley Fields when they host Green Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Central time. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited to 500 fans due to the ongoing stadium project at The Valley.

Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Hoover, Hermsen, Navarro; Subs: Lysak, Jansson, Bennett II




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