No. 12 Marquette Blanks Wisconsin, 2-0
Oct. 1, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The No. 12 Marquette University (6-2-0) men's soccer team won its sixth match in a row and remained perfect on its home pitch, defeating in-state rival Wisconsin (1-6-1) Wednesday night at Valley Fields by a score of 2-0.
Two goals by striker C. Nortey -- one in each half -- and strong defensive play once again was the difference for the Golden Eagles, who earned their sixth straight shutout behind goalkeeper Charlie Lyon. It also marked MU's seventh consecutive clean sheet at "The Valley."
Lyon, whose three saves Wednesday came in the opening 17 minutes of action, has not allowed a goal at home over the last 651:40 minutes (dating back to 2013), while concurrently his streak over the last six matches has now extended to 598:39 minutes.
His 26 career shutouts is tied for fourth among all active NCAA Division I goalies and puts him just two behind the school record. The last opponent to score on Lyon was Indiana's Michael Riedford in the 32nd minute of MU's last loss, a 1-0 setback to the Hoosiers (Aug. 31) on the opening weekend of the season.
An up-tempo start to the match yielded no goals until Marquette opened the scoring in the 40th minute. A long throw-in bounced around the box to Axel Sjoberg, who chipped it to the far post to an unmarked David Selvaggi. The MU forward sent a low cross to the middle of the six-yard box where Nortey slotted it past Wisconsin goalkeeper Casey Beyers.
Marquette then doubled the lead in the 63rd. MU's Adam Hermsen sent a long diagonal pass from midfield to the far post. It was settled by Coco Navarro, who took one touch before crossing it to Nortey who again tapped it in.
The Golden Eagles' high-octane offense produced a season-high 22 shots, despite being outshot 4-0 by the Badgers to start the match. Five different MU players combined for seven shots on goal, and Nortey and Selvaggi both hit the crossbar in a contest that the home side dominated from the opening kickoff.
The MU defense only gave up two shots in the second half, none of which were on target.
Marquette's career leader in caps, Sebastian Jansson, made his first appearance since Marquette's home opener against Gonzaga. Jansson left the match against the Bulldogs early due to injury.
The next match for the Golden Eagles is their BIG EAST Conference opener at No. 7 Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 4 at noon CT.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, McBride, Bennett II; Navarro, Selvaggi, Nortey; Subs: Szczepanek, Trude, Jansson, Taylor
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