MU Prevails On The Road In 1-0 Win At Michigan
Sept. 13, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior central defender Eric Pothast tallied the game-winning goal on a volley in the 90th minute Friday night as Marquette University escaped U-M Soccer Stadium with a 1-0 shutout over the Michigan Wolverines in front of over 1,500 fans.
Michigan (1-1-2) was previously unbeaten while the Golden Eagles have now won three straight to improve to 3-1-1 overall. It also marked a team-best fifth career game-winner for Pothast.
As the clock continued to tick away, freshman Jake Taylor's long throw found the head of 6-foot-7 center back Axel Sjoberg who flicked it to the center of the box where Pothast finished from six yards out at the 89:02 mark.
It was a set piece specifically drawn up utilizing the abovementioned personnel for the narrow pitch of U-M Soccer Stadium, according to Marquette head coach Louis Bennett.
"Eric has a knack for being in the right place at the right time -- he's a strong young man, and he used his size to his advantage," said Bennett. "I'm extremely happy about the resilience, determination and focus that we had today. It was a rowdy crowd and Michigan is a well-coached team. In a game like that, it's always going to come down to inches, and today the inches were in our favor."
MU defenders have now combined for 14 points on four goals and six assists through the team's first five matches. Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon faced 10 shots Friday and finished with two saves in his second clean sheet of the season.
Freshman Coco Navarro nearly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, but his strike from distance was saved over the crossbar by an outstretched Adam Grinwis, who recorded five saves in goal for the Wolverines.
Fellow MU rookie Louis Bennett II registered two shots on goal in the second half, and Michigan also had their chances. But neither side could break through due to stingy defensive efforts on both sides of the pitch.
"It was a very entertaining game," Coach Bennett added. "We had large spells of the game, and Michigan also had some spells. Any team that would have put the ball in the back of the net, you could have made the case that it was a worthy result.
"I'm really, really happy with our backline and Charlie Lyon the way they grinded it out today."
Marquette concludes the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge this Sunday, Sept. 15 at Valley Fields when the Golden Eagles host the Michigan State Spartans. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. Central time.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Bennett II, Hermsen, Navarro, Hoover; Subs: Lysak, Taylor, Islami