Marquette Soccer Plays Georgetown to 1-1 Draw

Oct. 8, 2016

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MILWAUKEE – Freshman midfielder Luka Prpa provided the equalizer from his penalty kick goal in the 67th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Luis Barraza made seven key saves as the Marquette University men’s soccer team earned an all-important point with a 1-1 draw against BIG EAST Conference rival Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Valley Fields.

"A BIG EAST point is a valuable point," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. "Georgetown has a distinctive style and, for me, I thought Georgetown was one of the best teams going into this season and I still think they’re one of the better teams. This game may have not looked that pretty, but I still think they’re a really good team. With history against Georgetown, they’re our nemesis, and coming away with a point today was good."

The Golden Eagles (3-4-4, 0-2-2 BIG EAST) lost their redshirt senior center back and captain John Pothast after a collision on the final play of the half forced him to miss the remainder of the match. Marquette head coach Louis Bennett was forced to move some of his around and it worked.

Redshirt junior Daniel Szczepanek was asked to shift from his natural position of forward to an unfamiliar one at right back because of the injury to Pothast. The Grayslake, Illinois native was hugely important. Not only did he serve as a stop gap on defense, but he drew the foul in the penalty area that led to the equalizing goal in the 67th minute.

"I think Daniel Szczepanek was probably our man of the match today," Bennett said. "I thought he did fantastic. You give him a job to do and he’s going to make the best of it. He has such a huge heart."

Prpa converted the penalty and his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 67th minute with a strike to the upper 90 that Georgetown keeper JT Marcinkowski guessed right on, but was still far from getting a mitt on it.

Barraza made seven saves in another solid effort in net, including three stops in the second extra-time session and one from Arun Basuljevic that he stopped as time expired.

The Hoyas (3-7-1, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) finished with 17 shots on the day, compared to 14 for the Golden Eagles. Georgetown won the corner kicks battle as well, 9-3. 

After playing three games in eight days, Marquette will enjoy six full days to prepare for No. 10 Creighton on the road Saturday, Oct. 15. The Blue Jays are coming off a huge win over No. 9 Butler at home on Friday night and will likely move up a couple places when the NSCAA Top 25 poll is released on Tuesday. Kickoff next Saturday is set for 7 p.m.

14’ | GU | PJ Koscher (Arun Basuljevic): Koscher collects a loose ball inside the six-yard box following a cross from Basuljevic and skips its past Barraza inside the near post.

67’ | MU | Luka Prpa (Penalty): Prpa placed his penalty shot in the upper 90 on the left side to equalize the match. Daniel Szczepanek was responsible for drawing the penalty after being tripped up in the penalty area.

MARQUETTE – 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 3-Alberts, 5-Jarosz, 6-M. Alba, 7-Seagrist, 9-Szczepanek, 11-C. Alba, 14-Prpa, 15-Sanchez, 23-Nunez

GEORGETOWN – 1-Marcinkowski, 3-Schropp, 7-Basuljevic, 8-Lema, 10-Campbell, 14-McDonough, 15-Zajec, 21-Koscher, 22-Azzinnari, 23-Deeds, 27-Knudson
OPPONENT: Creighton
LOCATION: Omaha, Neb.
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 15
TIME: 7:00 PM CT




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