Marquette Extends Win Streak, Shuts Out Drake 2-0

David Selvaggi
Sept. 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team extended its winning streak to three games after taking down visiting Drake 2-0 Saturday night at Valley Fields.

On a chilly night in Milwaukee, MU (3-2-0) was paced by two goals from redshirt junior David Selvaggi and strong defensive play by the entire unit.

The first half didn't provide any goals from either side, but was not without a few scoring chances for MU.

After a Drake (1-3-1) foul against Luis Trude in the third minute, C. Nortey struck a free kick from 24 yards out to the right upper 90, but the shot was saved by a diving Darrin MacLeod.

Nortey would come knocking on the door again in the 21st minute off another free kick. This time from 20 yards out, Nortey's direct shot was saved again by the Drake goalkeeper.

Late in the first half, a shot by Navarro off of a pass from the left wing was saved by MacLeod. After receiving the ball, Navarro spun around the defender and took one more touch before placing the shot.

In what was a slow-paced first half, Marquette held Drake without a shot until the 42nd minute.

"I was really happy with the discipline we played with in the first half," said head coach Louis Bennett, "and I was really happy with how we adjusted in the second half and turned up the volume on some of the things we planned to do."

Early in the second half, a shot from Nortey was saved and Navarro was there for the tap-in but the shot was waved off after Navarro was called offside.

In the 64th minute, MU would eventually find the back of the net courtesy of David Selvaggi. Off a pass from Alex McBride, Nortey crossed the ball into the six-yard box to a charging Selvaggi for the tap-in score.

Selvaggi has scored the last three goals for the Golden Eagles, including both game-winners in the last two matches. McBride and Nortey were credited with assists on the goal.

Nick Parianos chipped the ball ahead to Coco Navarro in the 75th minute. Navarro was tackled from behind by the last Drake defender. A penalty kick was awarded to MU, and Selvaggi tallied his second goal of the match for the Golden Eagles to put them up by two.

Drake's best scoring chance came in the 85th minute. Off a deflected cross, Charlie Lyon made a punch save diving backwards to preserve the shutout.

"They're a well-coached team and they basically waited for us to make an error and break," said Bennett.

Tonight's shutout marks the third straight clean sheet for Lyon, raising him to second place all time in program history. His 23 career shutouts leave him five away from tying Jim Welch's record of 28.

With tonight's shutout, the Marquette defense has not allowed a goal in nearly 329 minutes. For the game, MU outshot Drake 15-6. Including the clean sheet against Akron in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, MU has shut out opponents in four straight matches at home.

Trude, a transfer, made his debut for the Blue & Gold tonight, playing all 90 minutes and registering one shot. Trude joins MU with one season of eligibility after graduating and playing three seasons at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

At the conclusion of the match, a ring ceremony was held for members of the 2013 men's soccer squad to commemorate their BIG EAST Conference regular-season and tournament championships last fall.

The next match for the Golden Eagles is against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 42nd Milwaukee Cup. Marquette faces its cross-town rival Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:05 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Marquette Starters: Lyon; Sjoberg, Alberts, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, McBride, Trude; Selvaggi, Nortey, Navarro; Subs: Szczepanek, Parianos, Taylor, Zyteja




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