MU Wins Panther Invite With 4-1 Win Over Drake

Redshirt sophomore central defender Axel Sjoberg was named MVP of the 39th Panther Invitational as MU out-scored their opponents 7-1 in two games this weekend.

Sep 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team claimed the 39th Panther Invitational title Sunday with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Drake Bulldogs at Valley Fields. MU was led by four different goal scorers and tournament MVP Axel Sjoberg.

Marquette (2-1-1) finished the Panther Invitational undefeated with six points, including a 3-0 shutout over Bowling Green on Friday. Midfielders Brady Wahl and Louis Bennett II, along with forward Adam Lysak, joined Sjoberg, a center back, on the 11-person all-tournament team.

The Golden Eagles seem to be clicking on all cylinders offensively having scored at least three goals in each of their last three matches. Drake remained winless on the season, falling to 0-3-1 overall with Sunday's road loss.

Freshman forward Coco Navarro paced the Golden Eagles with a team-high four points on a goal and a pair of assists. Bennett II scored for the second time in two matches and Swedes Sebastian Jansson and Sjoberg found the back of the net for the first time this season.

It marks the Golden Eagles' second consecutive victory while they extend their unbeaten streak on the grass pitch at Valley Fields to 14 games, a stretch that dates back to Oct. 4, 2011.

Bennett II opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he controlled a pass back to the top of the box from teammate Coco Navarro and sent a shot into the left side of the netting from 20 yards out to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 advantage.

Navarro extended Marquette's lead to 2-0 less than three minutes later. Fellow freshman Jake Taylor crossed it in from near the left corner flag. C. Nortey got a head on Taylor's cross, flicking it to the far post where Navarro finished.

The Golden Eagles, despite surrendering a goal in the 53rd minute to let Drake back in it at 2-1, dominated the second half of play, out-shooting their opponent 13-4 in the final stanza, including a 7-0 advantage on corner kicks.

MU capitalized on one of those second-half corners in the 63rd minute to pull ahead 3-1. Paul Dillon served it into the middle of the box where he found the 6-foot-7 Sjoberg, who headed it off a Drake defender and into the goal.

Jansson then sealed the victory with an open-netter in the 88th minute after making a run on a well-played through ball by Navarro.

Marquette returns to action next weekend with the start of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. The Golden Eagles will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, Sept 13 (6 p.m. Central time), before returning home to host the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday, Sept. 15. (3:05 p.m. CT).

Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Hoover, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Holowaty, Islami, Lysak, Krynski, Parianos, Taylor.




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