No. 1 Creighton Upends Marquette Soccer, 3-1

Kelmend Islami notched the lone goal of the match for the Golden Eagles in the 51st minute
Oct. 17, 2015

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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s soccer team welcomed in the No. 1 team in the nation to Valley Fields for the first time in program history and the visiting Creighton Bluejays used two first-half goals on the way to a 3-1 victory Saturday evening, Oct. 17.

The Golden Eagles (5-6-2, 1-3-1 BIG EAST) cut the deficit in half when Kelmend Islami scored in the 51st minute, but Creighton’s Noah Franke dashed Marquette’s hopes with an 82nd-minute goal to propel the Bluejays (14-0-0, 5-0-0 BIG EAST) to the win, while extending their undefeated mark.

Creighton used a quick goal by Fabian Herbers – his team-leading 11th of the year – to establish an early lead in the sixth minute and Joel Rydstrand tallied his first of the season in the 32nd minute to give the Bluejays a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

“We had flashes of who we could be, but maintaining that is difficult to do against this team,” head coach Louis Bennett said. “They have a lot of weapons and a lot of ways of doing it. They are an experienced, seasoned and weathered team. They bend, but they don’t break and they have such an explosive strike force. (Fabian Herbers) is probably the best player in the country and he deserves those accolades because he scored the first goal.”

Match Highlights: Marquette 1-3 Creighton - Oct. 17, 2015

Kelmend Islami scored the lone Marquette goal in the second half of a 3-1 setback to Creighton. Check out the highlights from Saturday's match. #MarquetteSoccer

Posted by Marquette University Men's Soccer on Monday, October 19, 2015

Marquette was unable to find any rhythm offensively until the second half and it led to Islami’s sixth goal of the season. The score came on a failed clearance by Creighton that found the foot of Islami just inside the top of the 18-yard box. The South Milwaukee native slotted a low-driving shot just inside the right post for the goal.

“We were disappointed going into the break with the 2-0 hole we dug ourselves,” Bennett said. “But the bright spot was I said we would play the way were designed to play and at times were able to do that.”

By game’s end, Creighton held an 18-5 shots advantage and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

With just four games remaining, the Golden Eagles hope to turn their fortunes with solid play down the stretch to secure a BIG EAST tournament berth by regular season’s end.

“We’ve got a lot to play for,” Bennett said. “Our job is not to worry. Our job is about preparing for each game. We’ve got four games left, so we could get 12 points.”

Marquette will return to the pitch on Saturday Oct. 24, when it travels to Cincinnati for a matchup with the Xavier Musketeers at 6:05 p.m. CT.


6’ | CU | Fabian Herbers (Timo Pitter) | Pitter made a run through the right side on the pitch into the box where he dished a pass with his right foot to Herbers who beat Wicho with a shot from six yards out.

32’ | CU | Joel Rydstrand (unassisted) | Headed out from the box, a one touch blast from 21 yards past a diving Wicho.

51’ | MU | Kelmend Islami (unassisted) | Creighton failed clear that found the foot of Islami middle of the box from 15 yards out. Islami fired a low shot past a diving Sparrow inside the right post.

82’ | CU | Noah Franke (unassisted) | Franke fired a shot from the endline that deflected off of Wicho, hit the crossbar, and found the back of the net.


27’ | Louis Bennett II with a strong shot from 24 yards out, but Connor Sparrow dives to his right to make the save, his first of the match.

68’| Jake Taylor with a nice run up the left side of the pitch, made a moves past two defenders and fired a shot near the right post, but a diving Sparrow made the save, deflecting the ball out for a MU corner kick.

78’ | A misplay by Wicho on a goal kick leads to a chance for Herbers, but Wicho redeems himself with a diving save to deflect the ball out for a CU corner.


MARQUETTE – 1- Luis Barraza, 2- John Pothast, 7- Kelmend Islami, 9- David Selvaggi 10- C. Nortey, 12- Alex McBride, 15- Ruben Sanchez, 17- Adam Hermsen, 18- Ben Tweedie, 19- Louis Bennett II, 20- Jake Taylor

CREIGHTON – 0- Sparrow, 3- Lagro, 4-Keller, 6-Rystrand, 7-Lopez-Espin, 10- Perez, 11- Castellanos, 12- Stauffer, 13- Franke, 14- Herbers, 18- Pitter


LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24
TIME: 6:05 PM CT




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