No. 17 MU Reclaims The Milwaukee Cup With 2-0 Win
Sept. 17, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University (4-2-0) men's soccer team reclaimed the Milwaukee Cup trophy Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over cross-town rival Milwaukee (3-4-0) in front of a capacity crowd at Valley Fields.
Tonight's attendance of 1,954 was the second-largest crowd in the history of Valley Fields as MU was able to improve its home record to a perfect 4-0-0 in 2014. First-half goals by Jack Alberts and C. Nortey were all the MU defense needed to secure its fourth straight shutout, as All-America candidate Charlie Lyon stretched his scoreless streak in goal to 418:39.
In the opening minute, redshirt junior David Selvaggi blocked an attempted clearance by Milwaukee goalkeeper Agustin Rey and was almost able to slot it in for an early MU lead, but a trailing Milwaukee defender was able to block Marquette's second try at goal.
More scoring chances came as Marquette took an early 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Off a set piece from 40 yards out, Louis Bennett II served it to redshirt freshman Jack Alberts who was able to head it in past Rey. Bennett II was credited with his team-leading third assist of the season and the goal was the first of Alberts' collegiate career.
MU would stretch its lead to two goals before the end of the first half. C. Nortey tapped it in at the near post for his second goal of the season off a cross by defender Adam Hermsen. Both Selvaggi and Hermsen were credited with assists on the goal that doubled Marquette's advantage to 2-0.
Early in the second half, senior Brady Wahl played a through ball to the right side of the box for Selvaggi who hit a one-time strike that clanked off the right post.
Selvaggi again came close to cushioning the MU lead. In the 58th minute, the Elmhurst, Illinois native got off a shot near the top right of the six-yard box that hit the top cross bar and bounced down back into play, but nothing came of it.
Milwaukee had two great scoring opportunities before the match came to a close.
Milwaukee midfielder Laurie Bell struck a left-footed shot in the 70th minute from 28 yards out to the left upper 90, but a diving Lyon was able to get his hand on it for the save.
In the 81st minute, an MU defender took down a Milwaukee attacker in the box to set up a Bell penalty kick opportunity. Bell struck the ball well to the left side, but another outstretched hand from Lyon preserved the fourth shutout of the season for the MU defense, the 24th of his career. The miss was just the second failed PK attempt of Bell's career.
"I chose what side he was going and committed to it and was just happy to see the ball going to that side," said Lyon. "[A shutout] is our goal every game. We just keep doing our thing, and when we see a zero on the board we're happy."
In the final five minutes of the match, another shot by Milwaukee's Petter Ingebrigtsen hit off the right crossbar to cap the Panthers' scoring chances in the second half.
Marquette has outscored its opponents 7-0 in its last four matches. Lyon registered three saves on the night and nine different MU players recorded shots. The shot differential for the match was fairly even with Marquette holding a 15-13 margin.
The Golden Eagles have now won four of the last seven Milwaukee Cup matches. The all-time series record still sits at 28-11-3 in favor of Milwaukee.
MU looks to continue its current winning streak when the Golden Eagles travel to DeKalb, Illinois Saturday, Sept. 20 to face Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, McBride, Bennett II; Navarro, Selvaggi, Nortey; Subs: Szczepanek, Trude, Parianos, Taylor
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