Late Penalty Sinks Marquette Soccer, 1-0
Sept. 9, 2017
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."
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.
Saint Louis: 1-Otte, 2-Rivers, 3-Hernandez, 6-Hein, 9-Brown, 10-Corbett, 11-Novaes, 12-Heider, 15-Wilkinson, 16-Schieffer, 19-Huels
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