Marquette Soccer Edged By Wisconsin, 1-0

Oct. 5, 2016

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MILWAUKEE – Despite holding a 15-7 shots advantage and earning eight corner kicks, the Marquette University men’s soccer team was unable to find the back of the net on Wednesday night and fell to in-state rival Wisconsin 1-0 in front of the third-best crowd (1,274) at Valley Fields this season.

For the second time in three matches, the Golden Eagles (3-4-3) outshot their opponent and lost. The lone goal on Wednesday came off the right foot of Wisconsin’s (6-2-1) Mike Catalano, who found just enough space to sneak a low-driving shot inside the right post and past a diving Mac Wheeler in the 22nd minute.

Brian Hail took advantage of a counter attack and fed the ball to Catalano in the 18-yard box for the goal, spoiling a 20-minute stretch prior that saw Marquette dominate the majority of possession to the tune of 10 first-half shots and five corner kicks earned.  

"(Wisconsin) is a difficult team to break down at times, but we did manage to break them down," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. "But as soon as we got an open shot, they shut it down and thwarted our attack. I thought our game plan was good. I thought we executed it in a lot of parts, but fell a little bit short."

Redshirt junior forward Nick Parianos earned his first career start and tallied three shots, including a header off the crossbar in the sixth minute.

"He’s normally sharp inside the box and that was a great header," Bennett said of Parianos. "It reminded me of the goal he scored (in the BIG EAST final in 2013), a flicked header that came off the bar. I was pleased for him to be able to break into the lineup and get playing time.

Just before halftime, redshirt senior John Pothast found the ball at his feet in the six-yard box and tried to slip a shot inside the left post, but a Wisconsin defender was there to clear it off the line.

Wisconsin goalie Philipp Schilling recorded three saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season, leading the Badgers to a win at Valley Fields for the first time since 2008. The Golden Eagles, who had won the previous three match-ups at home and two straight entering the night, received a solid effort in net from Wheeler, who totaled two saves on the night.

"This team shows they have heart and that they are putting forth what we want," Bennett said. "It’s the details that we need to really nail down. That’s the message. It’s having a complete game, tying it up in the back a little bit and then creating more up front of quality opportunities and having the right people in place so it’s an attainable goal." 

The Golden Eagles will be back in action versus Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Valley Fields. The match will be aired live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go and the FOX Sports Go app. ESPN Deportes and ESPN Milwaukee will produce the first-ever live Spanish radio broadcast of Marquette Soccer as well.

Additionally, fans can have brunch at the Valley as McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches and donuts will be provided prior to the game, which is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start.

22’ | UW | Mike Catalano (Brian Hail): On a counter attack, Mike Catalano netted a goal with a shot into the far right post past a diving Mac Wheeler.

MARQUETTE – 2-Pothast, 3-Alberts, 4-Howell, 5-Jarosz, 6-M. Alba, 7-Seagrist, 9-Szczepanek, 10-Parianos, 11-C. Alba, 14-Prpa, 30-Wheeler

WISCONSIN – 2-Koenig, 3-Maki, 4-O’Neill, 7-Segbers, 8-Catalano, 10-Mueller, 11-Barlow, 13-Masbruch, 15-Leibold, 16-Hail, 30-Shilling

OPPONENT: Georgetown
LOCATION: Valley Fields | Milwaukee
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 8
TIME: 1:05 PM CT




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