Late Penalty Sinks Marquette Soccer, 1-0



Sept. 9, 2017

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette had many chances to score with a 15-10 edge in shots, including seven that landed on target with two others that hit the crossbar, but it wasn't enough as a late penalty helped St. Louis prevail, 1-0, on Saturday night.

"Soccer can be a beautifully-cruel game," head coach Louis Bennett said. "I thought they were slightly better in the first half. They gave us some problems with the long diagonal ball, but even so, Luis Barraza only needed to make one save. I thought we could've done better with the chances we had."

The deciding factor in this one was Lennart Hein's penalty in the 72nd minute. Following a collision between Barraza and the SLU attacker, the referee awarded a penalty and SLU capitalized for the second-straight year. 

Last season, Connor Alba's 67th minute goal was the only score in the game until SLU leveled the score with a penalty in the 87th and the game ended in a draw.

The Golden Eagles (0-3-1) assumed control in the second half, which is where they put up an 11-3 advantage in shots and hit two crossbars. After SLU broke the scoreless tie, Marquette threatened with Luka Prpa and Manuel Cukaj headers off the crossbar and a trio of corner kicks, but it was unable to find the equalizer.

Senior forward Jason Davis made his debut in a Marquette uniform after transferring from Loughborough University in England and notched a pair of shots, including a breakaway opportunity at the end of the first half that was saved by SLU keeper Sascha Otte, one of his seven on the night. For Marquette, Barraza notched four saves on the night, while Prpa led the way offensively with four shots, including two on goal.

Marquette suffered the loss of redshirt junior Martin Alba midway through the second half due to injury. The match was marked by aggressive play, as St. Louis picked up four total yellow cards and was whistled for 21 fouls to MU's 12.

The Golden Eagles hit the road to take on 11th-ranked Virginia on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. Central time, which precede the beginning of BIG EAST play set for Sept. 16, at Villanova. Marquette hosts its BIG EAST home opener Sept. 23 versus Seton Hall at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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GOAL SUMMARY
72' | SLU | Lennart Hein (Penalty): A collision between MU keeper Luis Barraza and a SLU attacker forced the referee to award a penalty to the Billikens. Hein went inside right post to score the goal that stood to the very end. 

STARTING XI
Marquette: 1-Barraza, 2-Skinner, 5-Cukaj, 6-Alba, M., 7-Seagrist, 8-Kraussel, 11-Alba, C., 12-Böhm, 14-Prpa, 15-Sanchez, 19-Atlija

Saint Louis: 1-Otte, 2-Rivers, 3-Hernandez, 6-Hein, 9-Brown, 10-Corbett, 11-Novaes, 12-Heider, 15-Wilkinson, 16-Schieffer, 19-Huels

NEXT MATCH
Opponent: Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Time: 6:00 p.m. Central time

 


 

 

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