Men's Soccer Blanks Loyola Chicago 3-0
Sept. 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team improved to 4-2-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory Friday night over the Ramblers (3-3-0) of Loyola Chicago in front of a capacity crowd at Valley Fields. It was the Golden Eagles' third shutout of the campaign.
All three of Marquette's goals came in the second half as Loyola Chicago kept the home side off the scoreboard despite a dominating performance by the Golden Eagles for the entire 90 minutes. MU had three shots on goal in the first half compared to one by the Ramblers, and boasted an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks.
The Golden Eagles finally broke through in the 52nd minute when Louis Bennett II notched his team-leading third goal of the season. Bennett received a pass from fellow freshman Coco Navarro at the top of the 18-yard box and unleashed a left-footed one-timer inside the left post from 20 yards out.
Navarro helped Marquette double its lead in the 65th minute. His shot from long distance ricocheted off a Ramblers defender and landed at the feet of redshirt sophomore C. Nortey, who matched Bennett's season goal tally by depositing the ball into the back of the net from the left side of the six-yard box.
Marquette's third goal came at the 83:41 mark. Kelmend Islami played a through ball to the right channel where freshman striker Nick Parianos had a shot on goal that was deflected off Loyola Chicago goalie Tim Dobrowolski. The ball bounced to the far side and redshirt senior Adam Lysak, who made his first start of the season Friday, was there for the volley and his 10th career tally.
MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon recorded his third clean sheet in seven matches between the posts this season and 13th shutout of his career. He faced seven shots and finished with three saves on the evening.
On the attacking side of the pitch, the Golden Eagles ended up with a season-high 14 corner kicks; they have also combined for 41 shots in their last two matches, including a 20-7 advantage on Friday.
Marquette opens the BIG EAST Conference portion of its season next Saturday, Sept. 28 in Cincinnati, Ohio against Xavier, one of three newcomers to the 10-team league. Its the start of a three-game road stretch for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Holowaty, Sjoberg, Lysak, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Hermsen, Islami, Parianos, Hoover, Taylor.