Nortey's Golden Goal Gives MU 1-0 Road Win
Oct. 5, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Redshirt sophomore C. Nortey propelled the Marquette University men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory Saturday at Villanova, tallying the golden goal in the 95th minute at VU Soccer Complex, as MU remained undefeated in BIG EAST Conference play.
It was the second time during the Golden Eagles' three-game road swing that the Ghanaian striker provided the game-winner; Nortey also notched the decisive goal in Marquette's 1-0 win at Xavier a week ago Saturday.
Midway through the first overtime period, MU freshman Louis Bennett II won the ball inside MU's offensive half of the field, chipping it ahead to Nortey. Nortey dodged one Villanova defender and a charging goalkeeper before slotting it into an open net from a wide angle.
The Golden Eagles, who improve to 6-3-1 (2-0-0 BIG EAST), were allowed to take a collective sigh of relief. MU finished with a season-high 22 shots -- and goalkeeper Charlie Lyon had to come up with a season-high seven saves in regulation -- enduring a fast-paced match in which neither team was able to put it away.
Nortey now has a team-best five goals through the team's first 10 games of 2013 and four career game-winners. He had three of Marquette's six shots on goal in Saturday's victory over the Wildcats. For Lyon, it marked the fifth clean sheet of the season and was the 15th career shutout for the redshirt junior.
MU is unbeaten in seven of its last nine matches, including six wins and a draw. The win over Villanova was a first for the Golden Eagles, who have played the Wildcats on just one previous occasion back in 2007.
Marquette returns to Valley Fields this Wednesday, Oct. 9 to host the Butler Bulldogs in the BIG EAST home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Central time. Fans in attendance will be able to experience the match by watching it from the newly constructed bleachers, which were completed this week.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Holowaty, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Jansson, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Islami, Lysak, Parianos, Hoover, Hermsen, Taylor.