No. 7 Notre Dame Rallies Past Marquette Soccer

David Selvaggi
Sept. 29, 2015

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - On a cool September night, the Marquette University men's soccer team came out on fire with heavy pressure that resulted in an early goal and two separate one-goal leads, but No. 7 Notre Dame took advantage of its home pitch and scored a 4-2 non-conference victory with three late goals at Alumni Stadium, Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Senior David Selvaggi got the Golden Eagles (3-3-2) on the board in the 7th minute and C. Nortey found the back of the net in the 67th minute, each giving Marquette a one-goal advantage. The Fighting Irish (7-2-1) would storm back, however, scoring three goals in the final 16-plus minutes for the win.

“There were large portions of the game that we had success and, before some fatigue caused some mental lapses, we were very much in the game and dictated a lot of the game,” said head coach Louis Bennett.

After Selvaggi netted the game’s first goal, the Golden Eagles continued applying pressure, but were unable to breakthrough before ND tied it up in the 19th minute.

It would remain 1-1 through halftime until Nortey found the back of the net in the 67th minute to give MU a 2-1 advantage. Marquette’s active scoring leader with 28 career goals snapped a six-game drought with his second goal of the season to go along with four shots, including three shots on target.

“When you have that many chances against a great team, I think it’s fair to say he’s got himself back on track” Bennett said. “He’s one of the best players in the country and we’ve got to continue to utilize him like that.”

The Irish tied the game on Michael Shipp’s flukey goal in the 74th minute.

“It took the wind out of our sails,” Bennett said. “It looked like a cross and hit the far post and went in and everyone was surprised it went in to tie it up.”

Not long thereafter, Max Lachowecki would break through for the eventual game winner as he slotted one home after a hard rush to the net in the 80th minute. In the 89th minute, with Marquette pressing forward for a desperation attempt for a game-tying opportunity, Jon Gallagher would add the fourth and final Irish goal.

“They’re a very good team,” Bennett said of Notre Dame. “Once you make a mistake or give the ball away, it’s almost like a shark smelling blood in the water and then they attack.

“After they scored two quick goals, you thought they would cruise, but we came right back and their goalie made a great save and then we hit the post. We didn’t give up and, in many ways, I thought we equaled their performance.”

Notre Dame held a narrow, 17-14, shots advantage, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. Marquette freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza made four saves, all coming in the first half, while ND keeper Chris Hubbard made five stops with two coming in the last 45 minutes.

The Golden Eagles will conclude a busy week of traveling as they hop back into BIG EAST Conference play with a road tilt at Villanova Saturday, Oct. 3. Kickoff is set for noon Central time with a live stream available via the BIG EAST Digital Network.

7' | MU | David Selvaggi (C. Nortey) | Selvaggi puts home a rebound after initial shot by Nortey, which was saved by ND goalkeeper Chris Hubbard and deflected to the far right post for an easy tap in.

19' | ND | Patrick Hodan (Evan Panken) | Hodan slots one in from a difficult angle at the top corner of the 6-yard box to provide the equalizer.

67' | MU | C. Nortey (Toby Howell) | Nortey with his second of the season and 28th of his career as he takes a pass from Howell in the 6-yard box, settles, cuts left and slides it inside the left post.

74' | ND | Michael Shipp (Patrick Hodan) | Shipp lofts what appears to be a pass to the far post, but it ricochets off the post and goes in from 17 yards for the equalizing goal.

80' | ND | Max Lachowecki (Jon Gallagher) | Lachowecki finishes off an ND rush to the net, sliding it past Barraza after taking a slotted cross by Gallagher.

89' | ND | Jon Gallagher (Jeffrey Farina, Chris Hubbard) | Gallagher finished off a 1v1 with the keeper following a header flicked on by Farina after a goal kick by the keeper Hubbard was well placed.

18' | MU | Luis Barraza makes a great read to come out of net and turn away Jon Gallagher's shot with a sliding save.

29' | MU | Barraza with another save, this time an easy low fielding attempt, but the build-up was there to make for a quality scoring chance for the Irish.

39' | MU | Diving save for Barraza on a curling left-footer by Patrick Hodan ticketed for the left post.

42' | MU | First MU corner results in a wonderful service by Kelmend Islami and a flick by Alex McBride that almost snuck inside the left post, but Hubbard made the save.

56' | MU | Strong throw-in by Taylor leads to a Nortey header that is saved over the bar by Hubbard. Good start by MU in the 2nd half.

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

NOTRE DAME - 13-Hubbard, 3-Klekota, 4-Habrowski, 6-Lachowecki, 8-Gallagher, 10-Aubrey, 15-Panken, 16-Shipp, 18-Harris, 26-Gormley, 27-Hodan

OPPONENT: Villanova
LOCATION: Villanova, Pennsylvania
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3
TIME: 12:00 PM CT




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