Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 At Wisconsin

Eric Pothast

Oct. 2, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. - In-state rival Wisconsin (6-2-1) hung on for a 1-0 win over the Marquette University men's soccer team Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex, snapping the Golden Eagles' (5-3-1) two-match winning streak and their 291-minute scoreless stretch in the process.

It was the 53rd meeting between the two teams since the first year of the MU men's soccer program in 1964.

A failed clearance by Marquette allowed the ball to eventually end up at the feet of an unmarked Chris Prince, who served it into the box from 25 yards and found Badgers' teammate Nick Janus headed it in at the far post to give Wisconsin the lead in the 71st minute.

"[Wisconsin] kept a strong, firm defense, and trying to breakdown and get behind them is sometimes difficult," said head coach Louis Bennett. "I thought we had some chances -- but not any clean-cut chances. We definitely had to come up with something special. They were diligent, and eventually they carved out a good enough chance to score. Ironically, I don't think [MU goalkeeper] Charlie Lyon had a lot to do."

The Golden Eagles had two set pieces in the final five minutes of regulation, but were unable to find the equalizer on both of their free-kick opportunities, including a header by Axel Sjoberg that went over the crossbar in the 85th minute. Neither team had much success capitalizing on their chances, with the exception of Janus' game-winner.

Louis Bennett II and Brady Wahl each recorded a shot on goal in the 6th and 41st minutes, respectively, bookending a first half in which there was few scoring opportunities. Both sides had trouble connecting in the attacking third. The Badgers had a couple headers sail wide of the goal, and Paul Yonga mis-hit a ball from 16 yards out near the end of the period.

One of the top scoring offenses in NCAA Division I coming into the week, MU was unbeaten in six of its last seven contests heading into Madison. Wednesday's match against Wisconsin was the final non-conference game for the Golden Eagles, who are now 13-3-1 outside of league play dating back to the start of the 2012 season.

Marquette returns to BIG EAST action Saturday at Villanova (2:30 p.m. Central time) to wrap-up its season-long three-game road stretch before returning to Valley Fields to host Butler in the league home-opener against Butler on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Holowaty, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Islami, Lysak, Hermsen, Taylor

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