Men's Soccer Upsets No. 23/24 West Virginia, 2-1

Head coach Louis Bennett's squad upset nationally ranked West Virginia on Saturday.

Oct. 15, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team (7-5-2, 5-0-0 BIG EAST) knocked off its third straight nationally ranked opponent Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over No. 23/24 West Virginia in a BIG EAST Conference Blue Division match up at Valley Fields.

Sebastian Jansson scored his second straight game-winning goal and Dennis Holowaty headed home his first goal of the season to power the Golden Eagles to their first ever 5-0-0 start in league play.

In defeat, the Mountaineers fell to 7-5-1 and 3-2-0 in the BIG EAST.

The game didn't open up for a while, and neither team attempted a shot in the first 20 minutes of play. But in the 28th minute, C. Nortey played a ball short to Bryan Ciesiulka deep on the right wing, which Ciesiulka crossed to the back post for Holowaty who headed it past Justin Holmes for the game's first goal. Holowaty had pushed up from right back for a corner kick moments earlier.

West Virginia threatened to strike back quickly in the 35th minute, as a handball at the top of the box gave the Mountaineers a free kick in a dangerous position. However, Allen Flott hammered the shot off of the crossbar from twenty yards out, and the MU defense cleared to end the threat.

The Mountaineers redeemed themselves quickly to start the second half, as Uwem Etuk gathered up a deflected pass from Shadow Sebele and slotted the equalizer past a diving David Check just 30 seconds in.

Looking to get back on top in the 58th minute, Kelmend Islami broke towards goal. He eluded the keeper and slid to shoot, but his shot was denied by a sliding WVU defender at the final possible moment.

Islami would not be denied for long however. In the 79th minute, his cross from the right wing bounced up to Jansson, who volleyed beautifully past Holmes for the game winner. It was Jansson's second consecutive game winner, following his early goal against Notre Dame Tuesday night.

The Jansson goal marked Marquette's best ever start in league play since the program's inception in 1964. David Check had three impressive saves for the Golden Eagles, and Islami's aggressive wing play keyed the Marquette attack in the second half.

It was Marquette's first win over West Virginia in the series' history, after six previous winless attempts. The win puts MU on top of the Blue Division standings with 15 points.

Former Marquette centerback Scott Miller was recognized prior to the match with a framed jersey. Miller retired after the 2010 season due to recurring concussions. Miller also was recognized as an honorary captain in pre-game introductions.

Marquette will wrap up its current three-game homestand this Wednesday, Oct. 19, against the nationally ranked Hoyas of Georgetown University. Kick off is set for 7:05 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.

MU Starters: Check; Dillon, Alfano, Holowaty, Pothast; Robb, Ciesiulka, Mallace; Selvaggi, Nortey, Jansson (Subs: Huftalin, Lysak, Islami)

WVU starters: Holmes; Ehrenworth, Schoenle, Gaddis, Drake; Pittman, Sebele, Flott, Etuk; Bevin, Claudio (Subs: Garrido, Doue, U. Tayou, F. Tayou)

 West Virginia (7-5-1, 3-2-0 BE) vs. Marquette (7-5-2, 5-0-0 BE)
 Date: Oct 15, 2011  Attendance: 502
 Weather: 45 degrees, partly cloudy, winds WSW 15 mph.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 West Virginia.......  0  1 -  1
 Marquette...........  1  1 -  2
  1.  27:41 MU Holowaty, Dennis (Ciesiulka, Bryan;NORTEY, C.) - Crossed from near sideline to far post and headed inside left post.
  2.  45:33 WVU ETUK, Uwem (2) (SEBELE, Shadow) - Received on left wing. Left-footed shot inside left post from 15 yards
  3.  78:22 MU Jansson, Sebastian (2) (Islami, Kelmend;MALLACE, Calum) - Crossed from right wing to the far post, and volleyed from 8 yards.

 Shots: West Virginia 14, Marquette 10
 Saves: West Virginia 3 (HOLMES, Justin 2; TEAM 1), Marquette 3 (CHECK,
 David 3)




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