No. 7 Marquette Falls 1-0 at Butler
Oct. 15, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Marquette University (7-3-1, 1-1-1 BIG EAST) men's soccer team had its unbeaten streak - and the nation's longest active shutout streak - snapped at eight games Wednesday as Butler's (5-5-3, 1-3-0) seventh-minute tally by Jeff Adkins was the difference in a 1-0 Bulldogs' victory.
On a cold, misty evening at the Butler Bowl, the visiting Golden Eagles, ranked No. 7 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, came out lacking precision in the attacking third and the overall form they had displayed over the last six weeks.
"That first 15-20 minutes, we didn't have enough people recognizing what needed to be done and following the general game plan," said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "We looked a little bit discombobulated."
Adkins' game-winner ended MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon's streak of consecutive shutout minutes at 804:58. Prior to Wednesday, the last opposing player to score against the Golden Eagles was Indiana's Michael Riedford on the opening weekend.
It was just the fourth goal this season allowed by Lyon, whose 0.29 goals against average entering this week ranked second in NCAA Division I.
In the 18th minute, Louis Bennett II sent a shot to the middle of the goal from 20 yards out that resulted in a diving save by Bulldogs goalie Eric Dick. C. Nortey collected the rebound and deposited it into a wide-open net, but the would-be equalizer was waived off as the MU striker was in an offside position.
"We were too slow to adjust a very spirited Butler side, and it took too long for us to find our coordinates," Bennett said. "Nothing that Butler did surprised us. But we didn't engage until we found our coordinates. And once we did, I think we created some great opportunities. We started to play. We started to keep the ball."
MU went on to out-shoot the Bulldogs by an 11-3 margin in the second half, including a diving header by Adam Hermsen in the 86th minute that bounced off the right post, an 87th-minute strike by David Selvaggi that required Dick to come off his line to make a great save, and a kick save by the Butler keeper on a cheeky back-heel by Nortey with two minutes left until full time.
But the Bulldogs were able to withstand the mounting pressure applied by the Golden Eagles' attack to come away with their first league victory of the season. Dick finished with seven saves.
"I cannot honestly say it's three points lost, but I think certainly it might be a point lost," Bennett said. "We have to regroup then prepare for the next game."
Marquette returns to Milwaukee to begin a three-game BIG EAST homestand that begins this Saturday, Oct. 18 when the Golden Eagles host Villanova. Kickoff against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Central time.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, Bennett II, McBride; Selvaggi, Nortey, Navarro; Subs: Szczepanek, Trude, Jansson, Taylor.
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