No. 12 Golden Eagles Suffer 1-0 Loss At Indiana

John Pothast
Aug. 31, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - The Marquette University men's soccer team wrapped up action at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic with a 1-0 loss Sunday to the host Indiana Hoosiers at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The Hoosiers (1-0-1), who are the 2013 Big Ten tournament champions and are receiving votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason rankings, surely look to crack into the top 25 following Sunday's victory over the 12th-ranked Golden Eagles and a draw Friday night against No. 9 Georgetown.

"This is a great tournament and a great event to start the season," said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "Obviously, we planned on getting better results. Today, there were some momentum-changing moments that could've gone both ways."

Save for a few IU corners, it was a pedestrian first half until the Hoosiers' Michael Riedford opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Teammate Tanner Thompson took a crack from point-blank range resulting in a diving stop by Marquette goalie Charlie Lyon. But the deflected ball parried right to Riedford, who was on the back post for the easy tap-in.

The Golden Eagles started to get more run of the play late in the second half beginning with redshirt freshman Jack Alberts' contested volley from the top-left corner of the six-yard box with 25 minutes left in regulation that sailed over the crossbar. David Selvaggi's shot on goal in the 74th minute was saved by Indiana keeper Colin Webb.

Moments later, Selvaggi played a ball to the right side of the box to a streaking Louis Bennett II, who had space. But Bennett's first-time, left-footed strike deflected off the back of teammate Coco Navarro who couldn't get out of the way of Bennett's shot as the ball sailed just over the crossbar.

A last desperation attempt at an equalizer with 15 seconds remaining saw Sebastian Jansson take a shot inside the right corner of the box from 12 yards out that crossed the goal mouth and went just left of the far post.

"I think the biggest disappointment today," Bennett said, "was a genuine feel that we would've got level when Nortey got pulled down in the box by the last man late in the first half, but the no-call thwarted the opportunity of a penalty and a red card."

Marquette (0-2) was a bit thin in the central midfield with Martin Alba, Alex McBride and Luis Trude inactive for Sunday's match. Redshirt freshman Driton Zyteja came on in the 37th minute to make his collegiate debut for the Blue & Gold.

"I was hopeful that we would've had more available guys. Injuries limited the amount of subs we could make," said Bennett.

With one draw and one victory (4 points) each and an even goal differential, Indiana and Notre Dame were named co-champions.

Redshirt sophomore John Pothast and redshirt junior C. Nortey represented the Golden Eagles on the all-tournament team.

Large crowds came out to watch the opening-weekend of NCAA Division I men's soccer action in Bloomington. Friday's announced attendance was 4,911 while Sunday's matinee between MU and the Hoosiers drew 3,117 fans.

Marquette returns to Milwaukee for its 2014 home-opener against Gonzaga this Friday, Sept. 5 at Valley Fields (5 p.m. CT) as part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Invitational. MU will also host Oregon State on Sunday, Sept. 7 (noon CT) to conclude tournament action.

Marquette Starters: Lyon; Taylor, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, Jansson, Bennett II; Selvaggi, Nortey, Navarro; Subs: Alberts, Szczepanek, Parianos, Zyteja

 

 

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