Men's Soccer and MU Alumni Come Out Even, 1-1
Sept. 21, 2006
MILWAUKEE - In a spirited match between the Marquette men's soccer team and MU alumni at Valley Fields, the two teams found themselves even at the end of 90 minutes, 1-1. The exhibition match kicked off Men's Soccer Alumni Reunion Weekend.
The first half was evenly contested with neither team able to find the back of the net in 45 minutes of play.
The alumni continued their stingy defense not letting a shot through for over 30 minutes of play in the second half. Marquette got the first tally of the game in the 71st minute on header from senior Bryan Dahlquist off corner kick from Mike Plager. Freshman Michael Greene forced the corner after his breakaway was pushed out by the Alumni's goalkeeper, Eric Schuett.
Head men's soccer coach Louis Bennett, who assisted in the coordination of this first time event, was pleased with the number of alumni who turned out for this match.
"It was fantastic to see the alumni turnout for this. There was about 30 here tonight and we expect between 40-50 for the weekend!" said Bennett. "The soccer was up and down, but most importantly it was a goodwill game and a great build up for the rest of the weekend and for the future as well. It is so important for us to have this relationship with them and to continue to build the program. We want them to leave with a good feeling about Marquette soccer and to make sure they know where the program is going."
Steve Lawrence, a four-time letterwinner from 1999-2002, captained the alumni team and also thought the event was a success.
"It was a lot of fun to get to play with guys who we have all heard about but never got to play together. We had a lot of fun playing with the younger guys, not only showing them that we can still play, but for both sides to see what the program is about now and what we knew the program as. I think it is important for all of us to reach out not only to the alumni but to the current players as well."
Bennett agreed, "I think it is important for the alumni to see what our goals are for this program and where we want this program to go especially during this time of transition. I know it was a bit prickly for the alumni at first when we got here, but they have really warmed up to us. We have received a lot of encouragement during these times when we aren't getting the results we want.
Even though most of the alumni has seen Bennett and associate head coach Stan Anderson as the opposition while they spent 10 years at crosstown rival Wis.-Milwaukee, Lawrence expressed that they have always respected him as a coach.
"Even though a lot of us saw coach Bennett as a rival, I know all of us has respected him as a coach. We knew this was a good hire for Marquette and we are pleased with the direction the program is going. I think he is going to do a lot for the program."
Aside for the prime-time match-up between players of yesterday and today, other events that surround Alumni Reunion Weekend include open practice for the alumni Friday morning, 8-9 a.m., and a golf social and lunch at Greenfield Park Golf Course following the training session at 11 a.m. Friday evening will commence with a M Club Tailgate prior to the women's soccer game against no. 15/12/11 Connecticut at 7 p.m., at Valley Fields.
Satrday's festivities will feature the grand opening of the new practice facility at Valley Fields at 9 a.m., and alumni vs alumni small-sided scrimages where members from five decades of Marquette soccer will be represented. The Alumni will also enjoy a pre-game tailgate presented by Qdoba Mexican Grill prior to the men's soccer game. The Golden Eagles will clash with Providence at 1:05 p.m. at Valley Field.
"We are most appreciated of these guys. Overall, I couldn't have asked for anything better," added Bennett.