No. 8 Marquette Defeats St. John's 2-0
Oct. 11, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- As the celebration of 50 years of Marquette University men's soccer continued Saturday night, the No. 8 Golden Eagles (7-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) defeated St. John's (4-5-3, 1-2-0), 2-0 at Valley Fields.
Two second half goals and another strong defense effort by the Golden Eagles propelled them to their eighth-straight shutout in 2014.
More than 70 former players and coaches, including Hayden Knight (three caps with the U.S. Men's National Team in 1984) and Bob Gansler (head coach of 1990 U.S. World Cup squad) were in attendance to watch redshirt senior goalkeeper Charlie Lyon extend his consecutive shutout minutes streak to 808:39, now the 10th longest such streak in NCAA Division I men's soccer history.
Lyon also earned his 28th career shutout, tying Jim Welch for the program record. Welch was also in attendance for tonight's match.
MU got on the board less than two minutes into the second half., Jake Taylor dribbled between a couple defenders at the top of the 18 and dished off a pass to a dashing Louis Bennett II. Bennett, who scored his first goal of the season, struck it with his left foot past a diving St. John's Jordan Stagmiller.
C. Nortey tacked on his fifth goal of the season with three seconds left in the match on an assist by David Selvaggi. Nortey took a couple of touches to control the ball before slotting it past the Red Storm keeper to put the match away.
In the first half, MU took eight shots from seven different players. In the 30th minute, Selvaggi gave a soft pass to a charging Alex McBride whose shot grazed off Stagmiller's fingers and bounced outside the net and out of bounds for a corner. Axel Sjoberg created enough space on the ensuing corner to put a header on goal, which was swallowed up again by Stagmiller. Sjoberg would later have another header opportunity off a Bennett II free kick, but the redshirt junior was unable to find the back of the net tonight.
MU would have a few more chances in the second half. In the 79th minute, off a long pass from Daniel Szczepanek, Selvaggi was taken down inside the box, drawing the penalty call. Selvaggi's PK attempt was sent to the left post, but was saved by Stagmiller. Sebastian Jansson got off a shot from four yards out off the rebound, but his shot was also saved.
Stagmiller finished with eight saves on the night.
MU improves its home record since the start of the 2012 campaign to 22-3-2 and has won eight matches in a row at Valley Fields, including the last seven via shutout and the first six home contests of 2014. On top of Lyon's current overall consecutive shutout minutes streak, the St. Charles, Illinois, native has not been scored on at "The Valley" in the last 741:40 minutes.
MU is now outscoring opponents 13-0 during its eight-match winning streak. Seven yellow cards were issued in tonight's match -- five for St. John's and two for Marquette.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, McBride, Bennett II; Navarro, Nortey, Selvaggi; Subs: Szczepanek, Trude, Jansson, Taylor
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