Men's Soccer Falls at Seton Hall, 2-0

Oct. 1, 2016

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – On a brisk and rainy Saturday evening, the Marquette University men’s soccer team dropped its BIG EAST Conference road opener to host Seton Hall, 2-0, at Carroll Field.

"This was one of the games we didn’t get out of the starting blocks," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. "It wasn't one of our strongest performances this season and Seton Hall did enough to beat us. Despite having a few chances, I didn’t think we were quite ourselves."

The Pirates (3-6-1, 1-2-0 BIG EAST) scored once in each half with the decisive first goal coming off an unfortunate Golden Eagle miscue early that allowed Jonathan Jimenez to make it 1-0 in the sixth minute. Jimenez finished with three points, assisting on the second goal by Francisco Alderete in the 53rd minute.

"In the first 15 minutes, they were running wild," Bennett said of Seton Hall's start. "They tried to smother us and that discombobulated us a little bit. We didn’t really recover from that at any stage in the game."

Freshman Patrick Seagrist had the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and tried to slot it through to the far post with just 10 seconds remaining in the first half that would have tied the game and given Marquette some momentum heading into halftime, but it slid just wide.

"As much as we tried to restore focus at halftime, we came out and we were flat again," Bennett said. "There were similar spells in each half of the game that prevented us from getting into a rhythm of a groove. 

"Every game we’ve played up to this point, we defeintiely held large portions of the game," Bennett added. "Today, we didn’t play well. Soccer is a cruel game. Sometimes you can play well and lose and others can go the opposite way. We’ll make sure we put a better emphasis on what’s important going forward and we'll make sure to come out of the gates stronger from now on."

Sophomore goalkeeper Luis Barraza made six saves for the Golden Eagles (3-3-3, 0-2-1 BIG EAST), matching his total from last season’s 1-0 shutout over the Pirates at Valley Fields. His counterpart, Julian Spindler made three stops, including two impressive efforts to deny MU goals in the second half, to earn the shutout. 

In the 50th minute, Daniel Szczepanek sent in a low drive that looked ticketed for the back of the net, but Spindler's save kept the Pirates in front 1-0. Then in 81st minute, a cross from Luka Prpa found the head of John Pothast at the far post. The redshirt senior captain put a great header to the upper near post, but Spindler leapt and denied a Marquette goal to keep the shutout intact.

Seton Hall outshot Marquette 17-6 and garnered five corner kicks to the Golden Eagles’ four.

"I believe we’ll bounce back, refocus our priorities, and be ready to play our next fixture," Bennett said. "That’s what college soccer is all about…Having short memories."

Marquette will return home for a pair of home matches during Homecoming Week next week. The Golden Eagles play host to in-state rival Wisconsin at Valley Fields on Wednesday, Oct. 5 (7:05 p.m.) before welcoming Georgetown for a BIG EAST battle on Saturday, Oct. 10 (1:05 p.m.).

6’ | SHU | Jonathan Jimenez (Andres Arcila): An MU turnover left the ball for Jimenez, who finished 1v1 from inside the 6-yard box to put SHU up 1-0.

53’ | SHU | Francisco Alderete (Jonathan Jimenez, Andres Arcila): Long pass from Arcila up to Jimenez, who crossed it to Alderete to the far post for the finish.

MARQUETTE – 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 4-Howell, 5-Jarosz, 6-M. Alba, 7-Seagrist, 9-Szczepanek, 11-C. Alba, 14-Prpa, 15-Sanchez, 18-von Hofacker

SETON HALL – 1-Spindler, 2-Morrison, 4-Pozesky, 6-Sabinsky, 10-Arcila, 12-Burd, 13-Burkhardt, 14-Najera, 15-Miranda, 17-Jimenez, 18-Pangonis

OPPONENT: Wisconsin
LOCATION: Valley Fields | Milwaukee
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 5
TIME: 7:05 PM CT




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