Marquette Suffers 2-0 Home Loss To Michigan State
Sept. 15, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Michigan State (3-1-1) defeated the Marquette University men's soccer team by a final tally of 2-0 Sunday at Valley Fields, snapping the Golden Eagles' (3-2-1) three-game winning streak in the process.
Marquette was previously unbeaten in its last 14 matches on the grass pitch at The Valley - a stretch that dated back to Oct. 12, 2011, when the Golden Eagles knocked off 12th-ranked Notre Dame, 1-0.
There was a steady rainfall as Michigan State out-shot the home side 11-5 in the opening period. MU had its chances but was unlucky in the attacking third. On the other side of the pitch, however, it was an advantageous bounce for forward Tim Kreutz that allowed the Spartans to take a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Kreutz dribbled the ball into the box after receiving a forward pass from teammate Jay Chapman. With one defender to beat, Kreutz's shot from eight yards out bounced off of MU's Axel Sjoberg, who was going in for the sliding block, and the ball deflected into the top of the net.
Moments earlier, MU starting defensive midfielder Brady Wahl was forced to leave the soggy pitch due to a cut that was bleeding above his left eye. Wahl received stitches at halftime and eventually returned to the game to start the second half. The Golden Eagles were also without the services of All-American midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka (concussion) for the fifth straight contest.
Rain and clouds eventually gave way to occasional periods of sunshine midway through the match.
Michigan State's Sean Conerty doubled the team's lead, making it 2-0 in the 50th minute when he finished in front of the goal off a cross from Brent McIntosh sent in from the right side of the box.
By then, the damage had already been done despite the fact that Marquette dominated possession in the second half, including a 9-0 advantage on corner kicks and owning a 16-3 margin on shots in the second period.
But every time the Golden Eagles managed to put a shot on frame the Spartans' goalkeeper or a Michigan State defender was there to stop it.
Forwards Sebastian Jansson, Louis Bennett II and Coco Navarro combined for 10 of Marquette's 21 shots as MU's attacking players continued to pepper the goalie to no avail. Senior midfielder Adam Lysak also had a volley on the far post that resulted in a team save late in the match.
It marked the first time since Oct. 4, 2011 that Marquette, one of the top offensive teams in NCAA Division I entering the week, was held scoreless on its home pitch.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Hoover, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Holowaty, Islami, Lysak, Taylor