Marquette Soccer Blanks Seton Hall, 1-0

David Selvaggi
Oct. 10, 2015

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MILWAUKEE – Redshirt senior David Selvaggi delivered his fourth goal of the season in the 52nd minute to propel the Marquette University men’s soccer team to its first BIG EAST Conference win in a 1-0 shutout of visiting Seton Hall at Valley Fields Saturday, Oct. 10.

“It was huge,” head coach Louis Bennett said of the win. “It might not have been pretty, but tomorrow it’s going to look beautiful because with those three points it gives us a little bit stability and we can build from that.”

Selvaggi’s goal came as C. Nortey fed him a useful ball on the right flank. The Elmhurst, Illinois native made a move past a defender and fired a shot from 15 yards out that beat Seton Hall goalkeeper, Brandon Barnes, inside the left post. The goal gave the Golden Eagles (5-4-2, 1-1-1 BIG EAST) a lead they would not relinquish.

“The first 20 minutes of the second half, I thought we looked ourselves,” Bennett said. “We were moving the ball well and Selvaggi was putting pressure on people. The goal was fantastic and I thought he took it very well.”

The Pirates (0-9-1, 0-3-0 BIG EAST) had their fair share of scoring opportunities as they attempted 14 shots, including six on goal, but freshman keeper Luis Barraza made six saves and registered his third clean sheet of the season.

“They have some explosive players,” Bennett said of Seton Hall after the game. “We chose, tactically, to smother them and not overexpose ourselves. I felt we didn’t create a whole lot of quality opportunities, but we created one that was good enough and we won the stat that matters most to us and that’s getting three points.”

Seton Hall’s best scoring chance came in the 70th minute on a strong right-footed blast by Samuel Geiler from 22 yards out after he settled a pass on the right side, but Wicho held strong, deflecting the ball out of bounds and keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard.

The Golden Eagles fended off a feisty Seton Hall squad that held a 14-10 shots advantage (6-2 SOG), while Marquette earned 11 corner kicks to SHU's nine. Barraza's six saves was enough to secure his second straight shutout and fourth of the season following an identical 1-0 result at Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Marquette faces a difficult stretch coming up with No. 12 Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 14, followed by top-ranked Creighton, No. 24 Xavier, Providence and No. 21 Butler.

“Going away to Georgetown – one of the best teams in the country – on Wednesday, and then what is perceived as the best team in the country in Creighton coming back home on Saturday, we have our work cut out for us coming up," Bennett said. "We’ve got to be firing on all cylinders and I think we have the ability to do just that."

Wednesday's match-up with the Hoyas is set for a 2 p.m. Central time kickoff in Washington, D.C.


52’ | MU | David Selvaggi (C. Nortey) | Nortey delivered the ball to Selvaggi who made a move past a defender and potted a goal from 15 yards out on the right flank


22’ | MU | Daniel Szczepanek with a skilled run through the box, fired a shot from 7 yards on the right side, saved by Brandon Barnes, goes for a Marquette corner.

58’ | MU | Wicho Barraza with a save on a point blank shot from six yard by Chris Salazar, who received the ball in the middle of the box after a cross from the deep right side.

70’ | MU | Wicho with his 4th save of the match on a blast by Samuel Geiler from 22 yards out, preserving the 1-0 MU lead. Geiler settled a pass on the right flank and fired with his right foot.


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

SETON HALL – 28-Barnes, 2-Morrisson, 4-Pozesky, 7-Bartok, 10-Arcila, 12-Burd, 13-Burkhardt, 18-Pangonis, 19-Kennedy, 21-Geiler, 26-Philbin


OPPONENT: Georgetown
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 14
TIME: 2:00 PM CT




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