Golden Eagles Cruise To A 3-0 Win Over Bowling Green
Sep 6, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Three different Marquette (1-1-1) players put the ball into the back of the net as the Golden Eagles' men's soccer team picked up its first victory of the season Friday night with a 3-0 shutout over Bowling Green (1-1-1) at Engelmann Stadium.
Friday's contest, which marked the opening match of the Panther Invitational, was also MU's first clean sheet of the campaign behind starting goalkeeper Charlie Lyon. All three of the team's goals came in the final 30 minutes of regulation, led by three points from striker C. Nortey.
"Credit goes to Charlie Lyon, Axel Sjoberg, Eric Pothast and Brady Wahl," said Golden Eagles head coach Louis Bennett, whose squad surrendered five goals in the first two matches of the season. "They did a very nice job in the back, organizing and keeping what could potentially be a very explosive offense at bay."
Following a first half in which both sides struggled to find the target, it was a crafty give-and-go combination between senior Adam Lysak and the redshirt sophomore Nortey that led to the Golden Eagles' first goal of the evening.
Lysak dribbled through the midfield before passing it ahead to Nortey who played it back to the forward from Janesville, Wis. Lysak then pulled the trigger on a low-running strike from 25 yards that snuck inside the left post to give MU the eventual game-winner and a 1-0 advantage in the 50th minute.
Freshman Louis Bennett II provided Marquette with a much-needed cushion almost 20 minutes later, doubling Marquette's lead with his first collegiate goal. Junior Sebastian Jansson attacked from the left wing but found Bennett on a run at the top of the 18, where Bennett unleashed a beautiful left-footed shot on his second touch, extending the Golden Eagles' lead to 2-0.
A diving header by Nortey in the 81st minute on a ball served to the far post by left back Paul Dillon effectively put the match out of reach. Nortey's header was juggled by Falcons goalie Michael Wiest before bouncing off the woodwork and into the goal.
"All week we were just thinking about we want to get that first one, because once we get that first one we're going to start rolling," Dillon said of Marquette's first win of 2013 following the match. "So it was big for us. It's a relief now, but it was definitely a battle the entire night."
Also of note, forward Andrew Krynski -- whose career has been plagued by injury -- made his first appearance for the Blue and Gold since his freshman season in 2009 when he came onto the pitch in the 85th minute. Krynski then had a shot go wide left less than a minute after subbing into the match.
Marquette wraps up the Panther Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 8 with a home match against Drake at Valley Fields. Kickoff against the Bulldogs is slated for 3:30 p.m. Central time.
Marquette Starters: Charlie Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Hoover, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs:Holowaty, Islami, Lysak, Krynski, Parianos, Taylor