Sept. 26, 2015
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QUEENS, NY – The Marquette University men’s soccer team controlled possession and applied pressure with regularity, but could not find a breakthrough goal as it played to a 0-0 draw against host St. John’s in the BIG EAST opener at Belson Stadium Saturday night, Sept. 26.
The Golden Eagles (3-2-2, 0-0-1 BE) registered 20 shots to St. John’s 10 and challenged the Red Storm (1-6-2, 0-0-1 BE) keeper to the tune of nine saves to go along with one team save. Seniors David Selvaggi and Kelmend Islami each recorded five shots, while MU goalkeeper Luis Barraza held his end of the deal with four saves in earning his second career clean sheet.
“Points are going to be hard to come by in our conference,” head coach Louis Bennett said. “I thought it was a game where we outplayed a team and, stylistically, teams like that have given us problems this year. I thought our back four handled themselves extremely well.”
Bennett was referencing the likes of Adam Hermsen, John Pothast, Ruben Sanchez and Jake Taylor, as well as substitute Jack Alberts. The backline in front of Barraza was steady and in mid-season form tonight.
“It does feel for our team like we lost three points instead of gained one,” Bennett said with regard to the lopsided box score in his team’s favor. “But, I think, tomorrow morning we’ll feel a little better about it. As a coach, I didn’t feel like we could’ve done much more, except score.
“Those games can sometimes be very frustrating,” Bennett added. “I was proud of our guys not trying to over press and run the risk of giving away the shutout.”
The Golden Eagles totaled 10 shots in the first half alone, including four on target, and 10 more in the second half and both overtimes. St. John’s keeper, Jordan Stagmiller, made nine saves, while SJU’s Devin Morgan recorded a team save as well.
That came on David Selvaggi’s header to the back post with the goalie out of position in the 93rd minute. It appeared ticketed for the back of the net, but Morgan was there to clear it off the line.
It will be a short turnaround for Marquette as a road match-up with No. 14 Notre Dame awaits on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Golden Eagles and Irish are set for a 6 p.m. Central time kickoff at Alumni Field on the campus of Notre Dame.
GOAL SUMMARY: No goals.
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
26’ | MU | The Golden Eagles, who provided relentless pressure on SJU keeper Jordan Stagmiller, earned multiple opportunities that bounced around the box before an SJU handball, just outside the 18, results in a C. Nortey low-curling shot that’s saved.
35’ | MU | Marquette registers its 10th shot of the match off the foot of Alex McBride without allowing St. John’s to get off even one shot off against MU keeper Luis Barraza.
36’ | SJU | The Red Storm register their lone shot of the first half and it was a good chance as Lucas Fagotti hit the corner of the frame where the crossbar meets post.
48’ | MU | Appears as though Daniel Szczepanek collects a rebound off Louis Bennett II’s shot that was saved, but offsides called and no goal. Still 0-0.
72’ | MU | Luis Barraza with a very impressive play, making his 3rd save coming away from frame to thwart a scoring chance for SJU.
87’ | MU | Larsson with a drive but it's punched away by Stagmiller. Bennett on the ground, lunges for a header, but it's also denied. Still 0-0.
93’ | MU | David Selvaggi header ticketed for the back of the net is headed out by SJU defender Devin Morgan. Followed quickly with a Wicho save.
MARQUETTE – 1-Luis Barraza, 2-John Pothast, 6-Martin Alba, 7-Kelmend Islami, 9-David Selvaggi, 10-C. Nortey, 12-Alex McBride, 15-Ruben Sanchez, 17-Adam Hermsen, 19-Louis Bennett II, 20-Jake Taylor
ST. JOHN’S – 1-Stagmiller, 2-Leveille, 4-Camara, 7-Esteves, 8-Morgan, 9-Ricupati, 10-Fagotti, 12-Mannon, 13-Le Gall, 17-Welch, 31-LaFortune
COMING UP NEXT
OPPONENT: No. 14 Notre Dame
LOCATION: Notre Dame, Indiana
DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 29
TIME: 6:00 PM CT