Marquette Rallies to Tie No. 9/7 Louisville, 2-2
Sept. 27, 2009
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The draw was the second in four games against top-10 ranked opponents for Marquette, after playing No. 5/9 USF to a 1-1 draw in Tampa, Fla. nine days earlier. Three of MU's last five games have been against opponents ranked in the top 10 nationally in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
"I'm happy with the effort," said Marquette head coach Louis Bennett. "We managed to crawl out of the huge hole that we dug in the first 20-25 minutes. We played with some character, we played with a little bit of poise and we did what what it took to get a result. That first 25 minutes, we gave the game away and we took it back."
Louisville got on the board 3:27 into the match when Marquette took down a Cardinal inside the box for a foul. Freddie Braun lined up to take the penalty kick for head coach Ken Lolla's squad, and placed the ball in the upper left corner of the net as MU goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski dove to his left.
MU had an opportunity to even the score in the 32nd minute when sophomore Amilcar Herrera crossed the ball from the right side into the box ad classmate Michael Alfano redirected the ball to junior Anthony Colaizzi whose shot was deflected by a Louisville defender.
The Cardinals netted their second goal of the game when Kenney Walker carried the ball up the middle and distributed to Mark Knight, whose first shot was deflected by Pyzdrowski. Knight gathered the rebounded and placed the ball inside the far post with Pyzdrowski still on the ground.
After halftime, Louisville nearly cushioned their lead when Gerardo Chavez beat a Marquette defender on the right side and fed a square ball across the goal mouth, but no Cardinal could get a foot on the serve.
At the 56:12 mark, senior defender Billy Von Rueden lined up to take a direct kick after Herrera drew a foul from 35 yards out. Von Rueden kept the shot low, and UL goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux couldn't make the diving save.
Head coach Louis Bennett's team had a scare in the 82nd minute when Paolo DelPiccolo drew a down from 25 yards out in the middle of the pitch. DelPiccolo's shot on the direct kick went over the wall to the top right corner of the net as Pyzdrowski made a diving save to his left and punched the ball out for a corner kick.
Like Friday night's game, Marquette again tallied a late goal as freshman Andrew Krynski crossed the ball from the near side to Herrera, who settled the past and shot the ball inside the far post to even the score, 2-2. Herrera's goal was the first of his collegiate career and the assist was Krynski's first collegiate point.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the 20 minutes of extra time while Louisville outshot Marquette, 5-3, in overtime. An MU foul at the top of the box forced Pyzdrowski to make a diving save to his left to stop Walker's direct kick in the first overtime. In the second minute of the final overtime period, Louisville's Knight dished a pass to DelPiccolo on the right side of the box, who one-timed the shot high and wide.
Each squad tallied 15 shots on the night, with Louisville taking five in overtime versus Marquette's three. The Cardinals took seven shots on goal, while four Golden Eagles had one shot on goal apiece. Herrera and Michael Greene led the offensive attack for Marquette, tallying four shots each. Calum Mallace and Colaizzi added two shots apiece.
Louisville had the advantage in fouls in each frame but the second overtime, ending with a 27-18 advantage. Marquette's Mallace (23:13) and Louisville's Colin Rolfe (84:11) each received yellow cards in the match.
The Golden Eagles return to action against West Virginia on Oct. 3 at Valley Field for a 7:05 p.m. kickoff.