MU Defeats Oregon State for Panther Invite Title
Sept. 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team took home the hardware of the 2014 Panther Invitational Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields with a 1-0 win against Oregon State.
The victory for MU is its second straight after starting the season 0-2-0. On a sunny day at Valley Fields, MU struck the game winner early on a penalty kick goal by David Selvaggi. It was Selvaggi's first career goal for the Blue & Gold as the redshirt junior became the fourth MU player to find the back of the net this season.
After C. Nortey was fouled in the box by Oregon State goalkeeper Nolan Wirth, Selvaggi put home the PK inside the left post to give the Golden Eagles an early lead, which they would not relinquish. The goal was scored in the third minute, the quickest score for MU this season.
Later in the first half, redshirt freshman Alex McBride had a pair of great scoring chances. In the ninth minute, McBride weaved through four defenders and sent off a shot from nine yards out, but was scooped up by Wirth. Later in the half, McBride fired a shot across the mouth of the goal from 22 yards out that hit the right post.
In the 60th minute, All-American candidate Charlie Lyon made a sliding save just beyond the six-yard box off an OSU shot that came from a 3-on-2 break for the Beavers. This was perhaps Oregon State's best scoring opportunity of the match.
Oregon State nearly leveled the match with just three minutes remaining in regulation when Khiry Shelton tried to slot it in an open net, but MU center back John Pothast recovered in time to save it off the line.
"That's why our center backs are so great; I help them out and they help me out," said Lyon after the match. "And Johnny came up and made a huge play there. The guys in front of me worked incredibly hard and they did all the right things."
The 1-0 victory was Lyon's second consecutive shutout, putting him at 22 for his career. Lyon is six clean sheets away from matching the Marquette all-time record (Jim Welch, 28).
The next match for MU is against Drake University, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Zyteja, McBride, Bennett II; Selvaggi, Nortey, Navarro; Subs: Szczepanek, Parianos, Taylor
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