Marquette Dominates Syracuse, 3-0, Saturday Night
Oct. 16, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette men's soccer team tallied a 3-0 victory over the visiting Syracuse Orange on Saturday night. Junior Calum Mallace netted two goals on the night, including his seventh career game winner, while freshman Paul Dillon added his first collegiate goal.
With the victory, head coach Louis Bennett's squad jumps to 5-4-4 overall and 2-1-2 in the BIG EAST. Saturday's match was the first time in four attempts that MU defeated the Orange.
"I think the early lead was a bit of a buffer the way Syracuse played, which is very direct. It's very difficult to get a handle on the game so we needed a buffer. So one goal, we had a little buffer but it wasn't sufficient. Once we got the second goal, I felt a little bit more confident. And obviously, once we got the third goal I felt even more comfortable. This is a game that was never going to be over until we had some distance in the scoreline between us and them." said Bennett. "
The Golden Eagles proved their dominance when scoring first. Dating back to the 2009 season, Marquette is 8-0 when scoring first in a match, and have outscored the opponents 15-0.
Mallace got Marquette on the board in the 19th minute when he beat two defenders at the corner of the box and slotted his shot far post past SU senior goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo. He nearly added another goal before halftime when a direct kick from 23 yards out went just high of the crossbar.
"It's our first win in the last three games, which is nice," said Marquette goalkeeper David Check. "It builds momentum towards the post season and our next game, the next game which is more important right now."
The defensive line and Check allowed just one Syracuse shot and kept Syracuse from tallying any shots on goal in the first half.
The Golden Eagles scored two security goals in the last 10 minutes of the match to clinch the win and three points in conference standings.
A Syracuse handball in the box was whistled for a Marquette penalty kick in the 82nd minute. Mallace lined up and placed the ball in the middle of the net as Vuolo dove to his left. The MU penalty kick was the first ever of Bennett's career at Marquette.
Dillon added the third goal of the night in the 87th minute when sophomore Anthony Selvaggi sent the ball from the middle of the field to Dillon on the left, whose shot deflected off a Syracuse defender into the net.
The Golden Eagles ended the game with 14 shots, including six on goal, while Syracuse totaled nine shots, none of which were on frame. Vuolo made three saves in 90 minutes for the Orange.
The Marquette defensive held Syracuse's leading scorer Nick Roydhouse to just two shots, both in the second half. The shutout was the fifth of the year for Check.
Marquette sits in fifth place in the Blue Division, behind Georgetown, Connecticut, West Virginia and Notre Dame. The top six teams in each division advance to the BIG EAST Championship in mid-November.
Providence visits Valley Fields on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:05 p.m. before MU travels for two BIG EAST road games at Georgetown and at West Virginia. The final regular season game is slotted for Saturday, Oct. 30 against Seton Hall at 7:05 p.m.
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