Marquette Drops Tough 1-0 Decision To No. 9/8 Notre Dame
Sept. 15, 2007
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's soccer team proved it can compete with the top talent in collegiate soccer Saturday night at Valley Fields, dropping a tough 1-0 decision to No. 9/8 Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both schools.
"This was a line in the sand and we responded," head coach Louis Bennett said. "We adjusted to the pace of the game and continued the process of `on-the-job' training. The tide is changing and that is encouraging."
Trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, MU sophomore Tom Lynn appeared to knot the score after finishing a cross following a free kick. It was determined by the officials, however, that play was stopped when the foul occurred, in order to allow time for a television timeout. Marquette's marker was wiped from the scoreboard and the Golden Eagles were unable to find the back of the net on another occasion.
Notre Dame moved ahead 1-0 at the 8:42 mark when junior Jack Traynor sailed a free kick across the line from 35 yards away, dropping just below the crossbar.
MU's best chance came early in the second half. The Golden Eagles built up a quality attack through the midfield and were able to draw ND netminder Andrew Quinn off his line. After Quinn stopped an initial scoring attempt at the top of the box, freshman Sam Etim found the rebound on his foot and his one-timer was stopped by a Notre Dame defender en route to goal.
Notre Dame senior Joseph Lapira, the reigning collegiate player of the year, was held without a point on five shot attempts. He also had a shot attempt thwarted by a Marquette defender.
ND finished with a 14-6 advantage in total shots, but only had a 5-3 margin in attempts on goal.
Marquette was defeated 4-0 by the Fighting Irish in 2006.