No. 7 Notre Dame Rallies Past Marquette Soccer
Sept. 29, 2015
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.
“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.
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