Nortey Lifts MU To 3-2 Win Over Butler In Extra Time
Oct. 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE - For the second match in a row, Marquette University redshirt sophomore C. Nortey notched the golden goal as the Golden Eagles men's soccer team remained undefeated in BIG EAST Conference action with a 3-2 double-overtime win Wednesday over Butler at Valley Fields.
Nortey has now scored game-winners in all three league matches this season as MU improved to 3-0-0 in the BIG EAST (7-3-1 overall) with Wednesday's victory over the No. 21 Bulldogs (8-3-1, 2-1-0 BIG EAST). Nortey also had the game-winner last time out in a 1-0 win at Villanova, which also came in extra time.
The first three goals of the match came two minutes and nine seconds apart of each other following a scoreless first half.
Butler's Zach Steinberger scored the first goal of the night when his shot deflected off an MU defender and into the back of the net just in the 50th minute.
Marquette equalized 37 seconds later when 6-foot-7 center back Axel Sjoberg tallied his second goal of the season on a header from the top of the six-yard box off a free kick from left back Paul Dillon.
A minute and a half after knotting the score at 1-1, Dillon recorded his second assist of the night when his corner kick found Eric Pothast, who tapped it into the back of the net on the far post in the 52nd minute.
Vincent Mitchell leveled it at 2-2 less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Bulldogs' teammate A.R. Smith's shot was deflected by MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon and Mitchell cleaned it up at the 85:30 mark to eventual force overtime.
MU's best chance to put it away in the first overtime period came on a Kelmend Islami missile from long distance that was saved over the crossbar by the Bulldog's goalkeeper.
With five minutes to go in the second overtime period, Bryan Ciesiulka received the ball after Pothast headed away from the backline. Ciesiulka's quick touch-pass found Adam Lysak who sent a through ball to Nortey and the Ghanaian striker's left-footed strike from the left corner of the box finished top-shelf.
It was Nortey's team-leading sixth goal of the season and 15th of his career, while matching Ciesiulka for the active team lead in career points (34) and Pothast's active career mark for game-winners (5).
Bulldog's co-captain Brandon Fricke left the pitch with an injury in the 41st minute and did not return. Marquette was without the services of starting left winger Sebastian Jansson and left back Jake Taylor due to injury.
Marquette continues BIG EAST actions when the Golden Eagles turn around to host Creighton on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Valley Fields. The Bluejays (6-2-2, 2-0-1 BIG EAST) entered this week ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll after previously holding the No. 1 spot. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Central time.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Lysak, Parianos, Hoover
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