Marquette Falls to No. 10 Georgetown on the Road
Oct. 14, 2015
WASHINGTON – The Marquette University men’s soccer team faced the difficult task of taking on No. 10 Georgetown on the road, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 14, and the Hoyas backed up their national ranking with a 3-0 BIG EAST Conference result at Shaw Field.
Using a defensive-minded strategy to start the game, the Golden Eagles (5-5-2, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) decided to concede offensively in order to prevent the high-powered Hoya attack from generating much offense. It worked early on as both sides played a scoreless first half. However, the Hoyas (8-2-2, 4-0-0 BIG EAST) were able to break through in the 47th minute en route to three second-half tallies for the win.
“When you play the way we did, you got to keep the ball out of the back of the net and hope that you break and score,” head coach Louis Bennett said of the team’s unique defensive tactics against Georgetown. “It was a decision we made mainly because of personnel and knowing the way they play and at the end of the day, it didn’t work.
“They’re a good team and tough at home and that early goal in the second half derailed us.”
Marquette had limited chances, but one solid scoring chance in each half as Toby Howell’s shot in the 22nd minute was with wide open space, but unable to avert freshman goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski.
Kelmend Islami then had an opportunity in the 53rd minute, but was unable to create enough space against Hermann Trophy candidate and defender Josh Yaro. His shot was on target, but another easy save for the Georgetown keeper.
The trade-off for more defense came with a large shot discrepancy as Georgetown held the commanding 21-5 edge with a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal. The Hoyas also earned nine corner kicks to Marquette’s one.
“It’s hard when you’re not used to that type of stylistic play, but it was something we were well capable of doing,” Bennett said. “The longer the game would have gone on without allowing a goal, the more we would have become comfortable doing it.”
MU freshman Luis Barraza made seven saves in net, including some that required a significant amount of athleticism.
“He’s been good all season for us,” Bennett said. “We’ll keep him focused and he’ll keep doing what he does.”
The Golden Eagles will have another challenging opportunity as they welcome the nation’s top team in the Creighton Bluejays to Valley Fields for a Saturday night match-up.
“We’ll dust ourselves off, critique this match and decide what we want to do,” Bennett said. “The great thing about our guys is they are willing to approach games in different ways. It’s a small window to recoup, regenerate and prepare, but we’ll be prepared for Creighton.”
47’ | GU | Arun Basuljevic (Alex Muyl) | The goal followed a big save by Wicho that MU was unable to clear. Muyl found the ball at his feet and left it for Basuljevic who found an opening inside the right post amid traffic in the 6-yard box.
60’ | GU | Brandon Allen (Josh Turnley) | Allen finishes a cross with a left-footed shot inside the left post from 10 yards out. GU leads 2-0.
71’ | Melvin Snoh (David Witkoff, Brett Campbell) | makes it 3-0 Hoyas, taking a low driving cross from David Witkoff and sliding a shot under a diving Wicho.
20’ | Georgetown’s Brandon Allen with a drive from the top of the 18-yard box, but Wicho makes a diving save to his left to keep the game scoreless.
27’ | Georgetown’s Alex Muyl with a blast across goal going for the far left post, but Wicho makes another beautiful diving save.
53’ | Kelmend Islami finds a seam, but can’t find space against Hermann Trophy candidate Josh Yaro, and his shot is an easy save for GU.
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
GEORGETOWN – 1-Marcinkowski, 4-Lema, 5-Yaro, 7-Basuljevic, 9-Muyl, 10-Allen, 11-Turnley, 12-Rosenberry, 14-Seiler, 16-Campbell, 20-Goodman
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