Oct. 22, 2008
Box Score vs. UWM (PDF)
Team photo with Milwaukee Cup
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette reclaimed the coveted Milwaukee Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in front of 1,348 fans Engelmann Field. The victory snapped a five-game winless streak for the Golden Eagles and was MU's first win over its crosstown foe since the 2003 season.
"I think the fans who came out enjoyed themselves," said Marquette head coach Louis Bennett, who spent 10 seasons as the head coach of UWM from 1996-2005. "I said earlier in the season that we'd play ugly and win, and today we played ugly and won."
Marquette had some missed opportunities in the first half before freshman midfielder Calum Mallace received a back pass from junior defender Billy Von Rueden in the 43rd minute. Mallace side-stepped a Panthers defender at the top of the box and deposited the ball into the back of the net for his first collegiate goal.
"There was a guy in front of me," Mallace said. "The first thing I was thinking was to shoot, but you have to beat the guy. I just ripped it, and it went right where I wanted it to."
Junior midfielder Tom Lynn provided the Golden Eagles with some much-needed insurance midway through the second half by getting in on the action and scoring his first collegiate goal. Lynn, who sat the entire first half and didn't check in until the 75th minute, took a long serve from Von Rueden far side of the field and placed a perfect strike from 22 yards out far post at the 77:51 mark.
Both of Marquette's goals were assisted by Von Rueden.
"I thought they were two exceptional finishes, which is what we've been looking for all season," said Bennett. "[Mallace and Lynn] made the right decision at the right time."
It was the first multi-goal game for Marquette since its season-opening 4-1 rout over Bryant University on Sept. 1. Since then, the Golden Eagles have suffered six losses by a final score of 1-0.
While finishing in front of the net has been a challenge for Marquette, holding the Panthers scoreless proved to be just as large of a task on Wednesday. UWM rattled of 16 shots, five of which were on goal, and failed to capitalize during key moments.
Adam Skalecki had beat Marquette goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski -- a former UWM Panther -- in a one-on-one situation in the 32nd minute. With an open net, Skalecki gently lobbed the ball over Pyzdrowski, but the shot hit the post.
Skalecki's miss was the first of many point blank shots taken by the Panthers that were off-target. Other chances either never materialized, or cleaned up by Pyzdrowski or by the Golden Eagles solid back line.
"They were bringing it," said Pyzdrowski, who was credited with his collegiate-high fourth shutout of the season. "They put us under a lot of pressure in the second half. As a goalkeeper, you just have to stay mentally focused the entire game."
"Soccer's a strange game," Bennett said. "They had some chances, and Pyzdrowski played very well. But the fact is, we had some chances as well. We've got to make a difference and be effective, and we were effective."
The loss drops UWM to 4-7-5 on the season. With the win, Marquette improves to 3-7-4 and hopes to carry the momentum into its final three regular season games, all against BIG EAST opponents.
MU will play its final home match of the 2008 regular season against Providence College this Saturday, Oct. 25 prior to a two-game road swing at West Virginia (Oct. 29) and at Georgetown (Nov. 1). Kick off versus the visiting Friars is set for 3:05 p.m. at Valley Fields.