Marquette Soccer Retains Milwaukee Cup with 1-1 Draw

Bennett II scored his ninth goal of his career in the 73rd minute Thursday night.
Sept. 3, 2015

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MILWAUKEE
- It was another Milwaukee Cup for the ages as the excitement played out to the final seconds and the Marquette University men's soccer team retained the hardware thanks to a Louis Bennett II tying goal in the 73rd minute in front of a packed house that broke the Engelmann Stadium record of 4,030 patrons.

Bennett II's goal was a wonder strike as he curled a left-footed blast from 25 yards out from the right wing and inside the left post in the 73rd minute. UW-Milwaukee took an early lead on Tinashe Marowa's 22nd minute goal, gaining the momentum early with numerous chances.

It was an evenly-played match with both teams shifting momentum at certain points in the match. Both sides earned 17 shots, while the Golden Eagles (1-1-1) managed to put seven on frame as compared to the Panthers' six. Bennett II and Jesper Larsson led the Golden Eagles with four shots apiece, including two each on target.

The Panthers (1-1-1) had the momentum early, putting significant pressure on Marquette's backline by utilizing their speed on the quick artificial pitch. Marowa's goal in the 22nd minute was a well-executed play that saw him beat his defender and receive the ball from 15 yards out to which he snuck a shot inside the right near post.

Larsson, who came on in the 19th minute, seemed to gain his legs shortly after the UWM goal and began to turn the tide with his play-making ability. The Swedish freshman earned several quality chances, including four shots in the first half - two of which landed on target.

Larsson went on to play the entire second half and provided a much-needed spark for the Golden Eagles, who gained the momentum back when Bennett II capitalized on his first goal of the season and ninth of his career. The assist went to Alex McBride, who laid a perfect pass at his feet. It was McBride's second assist to go along with a goal for the redshirt sophomore already this season.

In net, it was another solid effort by freshman Luis Barraza. The Santa Teresa, New Mexico native made five saves, including two in the second half and overtime combined. His counterpart, Agustin Rey tallied six saves with three coming in the second half.

The draw was the first in the Milwaukee Cup series since 2007, which was played at Valley Fields to a 1-1 result. In his Marquette career, head coach Louis Bennett is 4-4-2 all-time in the series. While the Golden Eagles retain the Milwaukee Cup, Bennett remains sitting on 199 career coaching victories.

His next shot to capture win No. 200 will be Monday night, Sept. 7, against Dayton in the home opener at Valley Fields. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.


GOAL SUMMARY

22' | UWM Tinashe Marowa (Matthias Binder/Declan Rodriguez): Marowa gets behind his defender and receives a pass to finish inside the right post from 15 yards out for the game's first goal.

73' | MU Louis Bennett II (Alex McBride): A left-footed curler inside the left post from 25 yards out (assist to McBride). Shot had great pace and gave UWM goalie Agustin Rey little opportunity to make a save as he was going to his right to the far post.


KEY SAVES AND PLAYS

2' | UWM - Tinashe Marowa, with the first scoring chance of the night for either side, tried to slide one across the goal inside the right post, but it skittered by and out for an MU goal kick.

11' | UWM - Nick Moon gets a touch right in front of goal, but takes a miss-touch that Luis Barraza is able to field for his first save of the night.

14' | MU - C. Nortey crosses with his right, blasts with his left from 20 yards out, going for upper right 90, but it sails over the bar.

15' | UWM - Saporito with a strike from the top of the box and forces Luis Barraza to dive to his left, but the ball hits the post and Marquette clears it out of the defensive zone.

34' | MU - Jesper Larsson with a left-footed curling shot goes just wide of the left post. Aiming for the upper left 90.

43' | MU - Jack Alberts crosses one into the box that was flicked on by John Pothast and Jesper Larsson's low right-footed blast nearly provides the equalizer, but Agustin Rey makes the nice low save. Larsson with four shots, including two on target in the first half.

45' | MU - Martin Alba finds space but slides one just wide of the right post. MU finding openings, but still searching for its first goal.

58' | UWM - MU's John Pothast picks up a yellow card as Nick Moon was streaking up the middle of the field. UWM sent a free kick from 35 yards for UWM. Barraza punches the service out, but Marowa gets a blast off from right wing that's blocked by Pothast.

81' | MU - Adam Hermsmen with a nice move inside puts a left-footed shot just wide of the right post. MU took the lead in the shot count to this point, 13-12 (5-4 SOG).

91' | UWM - Moon with a laser from 30 yards out for the first shot of the first overtime and Barraza is there to make the hard stop, deflecting it away to his right.

94' | UWM - Maraowa's shot deflects off the head of Jake Taylor and ricochets toward the goal, nearly squeaking by inside the left post.

110' | UWM - Following a yellow card issued to Louis Bennett II, the clocked stopped with 3 seconds remaining, giving UWM a free kick from midfield. Matthias Binder gets a shot off with one second left, but it goes well wide as time expires.


LINEUPS

MARQUETTE - 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 6-Alba, 7-Islami, 9-Selvaggi, 10-Nortey, 12-McBride, 15-Sanchez, 17-Hermsen, 19-Bennett II, 20-Taylor

MILWAUKEE - 1-Rey, 4-Kaye , 6-Rodriguez , 10-Binder , 11-Moon , 12-Ashley , 16-Reynolds, 19-Holmes, 26-Saporito, 27-Svensson, 28-Marowa
 
ATT: 4,030 (Engelmann Stadium record - Previous: 3,312 in 2013)

COMING UP NEXT
 
OPPONENT: Dayton
LOCATION: Valley Fields (Home Opener)
DATE: Monday, Sept. 7
TIME: 6:00 PM CT

 

 


 

 

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