Men's Soccer Defeated By No. 5 West Virginia, 4-0
Oct. 7, 2006
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The Marquette men's soccer team began a tough stretch of schedule with a 4-0 loss at no. 5 West Virginia. The Golden Eagles played the last of a three game road trip before coming home for three straight. The three home contests come against teams that are or have been ranked this season, making West Virginia the first of four strong opponents.
"That's why we took this job," head coach Louis Bennett. "We want to play the best competition every time out."
Marquette (1-11-1, 0-8 BIG EAST) fell victim to one of the nation's best offensive players in forward Jarrod Smith, who scored two goals, his 11th and 12th of the season.
The Golden Eagles played strong for the first 30 plus minutes of the game, keeping the contest scoreless until the 37th minute. Jyler Noviello scored an unassisted goal. Just 54 seconds later, Smith scored his first on an assist from Noviello and Alex Erwin, directing a low shot from 13 yards out to the near post.
Smith started the scoring again in the second half when he was taken down in the box by Marquette keeper Matt Pyzdrowski. Smith was awarded a penalty kick and converted in the 75th minute. Just under two minutes later, Gift Maworee capped the scoring for West Virginia (10-1-2, 6-0-1 BIG EAST) on an unassisted goal, when he collected a loose ball and blasted a perfect strike from 30 yards out to the right post.
"Good teams score good goals and that is what we faced tonight," Bennett said. "That is the reason they are the no. 5 team in the nation and we are in the 100s."
Bennett did say that several players are continuing to improve in the first year of his system, which is new to the team.
"There's not a lot that's positive in a 4-0 loss, but we did have some players who continue to show improvement. Matt Blouin, Michael Greene, Dan Addis, Tim Jallow, Matt Pyzdrowski are some of those that have continued to improve and understand what to do in the system."
Marquette returns home for the first of its final three home games of the year. The Golden Eagles host no. 22 Wisconsin at Valley Fields on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. MU also hosts Seton Hall on Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields. The match with Seton Hall concludes a weekend which includes a fund-raising 3-on-3 tournament and an appearance from Fox Soccer World's Ethan Zohn.