Oct. 7, 2015
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MADISON, Wis. – For the first time since 1999, the Marquette University men’s soccer team went into McClimon Soccer Complex and came away with a win, defeating Wisconsin 1-0 to claim bragging rights for the second straight year against its in-state rival Wednesday night, Oct. 7.
The Golden Eagles (4-4-2) made a few changes to their lineup entering tonight’s match against Wisconsin and it seemed to work to perfection. In the 77th minute, redshirt senior Kelmend Islami provided dividends for the changes in scoring his ninth career goal and propelling Marquette to a thrilling 1-0 win over rival Wisconsin, which remains winless in its last five games.
There was some good play, some good fortune and a lot of resilience," Head coach Louis Bennett said of his team's play Wednesday night. "We’re trying to get the fit players and the in-form players as many minutes as possible. I’ve got to give credit to the freshman class. Ben Tweedie made his debut today and I thought he was fantastic. He made four statement tackles.
"I've also got to give credit to the upperclassmen," Bennett said of John Pothast, Louis Bennett II, C. Nortey and Adam Hermsen. "I thought they did very well out there. We had a very specific game plan and changed some things and it worked. Anytime you can come out with a win on the road in a rivalry game, it feels good."
Islami's goal came off a long well-struck cross by senior Adam Hermsen. As UW goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk came off his line and missed an attempt to punch the ball away, Islami was there on the back post to put home the game's lone goal.
"Madison is a resilient team and they're in a bit of a difficult stretch at home, but they went on the road their last game and pulled out a 3-3 tie against Michigan, one of the toughest teams in the Big Ten," Bennett said of their in-state opponent. "This is never an easy game and I’m proud of our team for getting a win here."
The win snapped a four-game winless stretch for MU and marked the first road win against the Badgers (2-8-1) since 1999. Marquette now transitions into the meat of its season as the final seven regular season matches will be against BIG EAST Conference opponents.
"Do the work to prepare every week and really soak up this," Bennett said with regards to how the team needs to approach the remainder of the regular season. "BIG EAST points are really hard to come by. The goal is to get as high as we possibly can and we have seven games left, why couldn’t we win it?"
Marquette held a 16-15 edge in shots with 12 coming in the first half. The Golden Eagles were able to put six shots on frame to the Badgers’ two. Both teams combined for 11 corner kicks with MU garnering six.
MU goalkeeper Luis Barraza made two saves in earning his third shutout of the season.
The Golden Eagles will return home for the first time in nearly a month when they host Seton Hall this Saturday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.
77’ | MU | Kelmend Islami (Adam Hermsen) | Hermsen delivered a beautiful cross from the right sideline into the six-yard box. The UW keeper nearly got a hand on it, but it got through and Islami was on the backside of the goal to hammer home his fifth goal of the season and ninth of his career.
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
3’ | MU | Ruben Sanchez with the game’s first shot on target as he puts a head on Louis Bennett II’s corner service, but it was an easy save for UW keeper Remeniuk.
37’ | UW | Badgers show increased pressure in attacking third as Barlow hits the right post with a wide open net and MU avoids disaster.
40’ | MU | Marquette comes right back with a good chance. UW keeper Remeniuk makes a nice save on a close range shot by Kelmend Islami in the box.
67’ | MU | Jake Taylor with a blast, going for just under the crossbar, but Remeniak is there to make the save.
82’ | UW | Sam Brotherton nearly ties it, but his header rings off the right post.
MARQUETTE – 1-Luis Barraza, 2-John Pothast, 4-Toby Howell, 7-Kelmend Islami, 8-Daniel Szczepanek, 10-C. Nortey, 15-Ruben Sanchez, 17-Adam Hermsen, 18-Ben Tweedie, 19-Louis Bennett II, 20-Jake Taylor
WISCONSIN – 33-Remeniuk, 3-Brotherton, 4-O’Neill, 6-Lauko, 7-Conner, 11-Barlow, 13-Masbruch, 15-Mueller, 17-Segbers, 21-Kazmierczak, 23-Schneider
COMING UP NEXT
OPPONENT: Seton Hall
LOCATION: Valley Fields
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 10
TIME: 7:05 PM CT