WIU Tallies Game-Winner in 90th Minute to Defeat Marquette 1-0

Central defender Axel Sjoberg is helped off the pitch by teammates after leaving the Sunday's game in the 15th minute of play with a right foot injury.

Sept. 4, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- Daniel Lewis found the back of the net in the 90th minute to lift the Western Illinois men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Marquette University Sunday at Engelmann Stadium to close out the 37th Panther Invitational.

Alexis Dominguez connected with Lewis on a wall pass to the right side of the box. Lewis played a left-footed volley inside the near post for the go-ahead goal. WIU's (1-2-1) game-winner was scored 32 seconds from the end of regulation and came after the Leathernecks had gone a man down.

Hilary Esangbedo was ejected from the match in the 84th minute after a hard, two-legged tackle on MU freshman forward Kelmend Islami led to a straight red card for the WIU defender.

The Golden Eagles (1-1-0) had their fair number chances on the offensive end, attempting 20 shots in the match -- the most shots in a game by an MU side since Oct. 6, 2004. However, less than half of the shots (8) were on goal.

Marquette, which was already without the services of injured starters Calum Mallace and Michael Alfano, took a another hit in the 15th minute of action when 6-foot-7 freshman central defender Axel Sjoberg left the pitch with a right foot injury. Sjoberg did not return.

Sjoberg's injury forced MU head coach Louis Bennett to make some adjustments, namely sending senior midfielder Amilcar Herrera to the backline, although at times it looked as if the Golden Eagles transitioned to a 3-4-3 formation as opposed to their traditional 4-3-3.

Islami, a freshman forward, showed flashes of brilliance in 68 minutes off the MU bench. He had three shots on the afternoon, including one of MU's best chances to score when Islami took a back-heel pass from Andy Huftalin and sent a shot just wide of the far post from 10 yards out in the 39th minute.

Senior goalkeeper David Check had a season-high eight saves and faced a total of 13 shots by WIU.

Defender Eric Pothast, midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka and forward Andy Huftalin represented the Golden Eagles on the Panther Invitational all-tournament team.

Marquette finished the tournament second place in the standings with a 1-1 overall record after Friday's 3-2 double-overtime victory over Western Michigan. Milwaukee won the championship with a perfect 2-0 mark in tournament play.

Bennett and the Golden Eagles will return to Engelmann Field this Friday, Sept. 9 for their annual Milwaukee Cup derby against the Panthers of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (7:30 p.m. Central time).

Marquette Starters:Check; Dillon, Sjoberg, Pothast, Mau; Herrera, Robb, Ciesiulka, Jansson, Lysak, Madsen (subs: Selvaggi, Huftalin, Nortey, Islami)

WIU Starters:Ryan; Bales, Okeke, Winkelmann, Johnson; Esangbedo; Lewis, Jupic, Dominguez, Appel; Bruinsma (subs: Carlson, Gonzalez, Loyocano, Mengistu, Puka, Brown.

 Western Illinois (1-2-1) vs. Marquette (1-2-0)
 Date: Sep 04, 2011  Attendance: 239
 Weather: Windy, 70 degrees, mostly sunny.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Western Illinois....  0  1 -  1
 Marquette...........  0  0 -  0
  1.  89:28 WIU Daniel Lewis (1) (Alexis Dominquez) - Cross to right side of the 
box, volleyed near post from 15 yards.

 Shots: Western Illinois 13, Marquette 20
 Saves: Western Illinois 8 (Andy Ryan 8), Marquette 8 (Check, David 8)
 Game 3 of the Panther Invitational.




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