Nortey's Hat Trick Leads Golden Eagles Past Seton Hall, 3-0
Oct. 22, 2011
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Freshman C. Nortey, a midfielder who mid-season converted to striker, recorded his first collegiate hat trick Saturday as the Marquette University men's soccer team defeated Seton Hall by a final tally of 3-0 at Owen T. Carroll Field.
"In the first 25 minutes, I thought we played really well," said head coach Louis Bennett. "We managed to break them open and score some goals, and obviously, C. Nortey doing what he does best -- getting in the box and making himself difficult to mark."
MU (8-6-2, 6-1-0 BIG EAST) dominated play from the opening kickoff, taking advantage of numerous set pieces in its own attacking third, forcing the ball into dangerous areas of the field early and often.
Nortey's first goal came just one minute, 53 seconds into the contest. Sophomore defender Paul Dillon sent a left-footed serve into the box and Nortey sent a header past the goalkeeper for the opening strike.
He then added two more scores (in the 14th and 27th minutes, respectively) after being on the end of a pair of free kicks by senior midfielder Calum Mallace.
The loss sends the Pirates to 4-9-2 overall and 0-6-0 in league games.
Nortey leads the Golden Eagles with nine goals on the season. The Accra, Ghana, native began the campaign in the MU midfield, moving up top earlier this season in the match at Michigan and has remained at forward ever since.
Redshirt freshman Charlie Lyon was credited with a combined shutout, as he entered the match in the 75th minute to replace starting goalkeeper David Check. It is Check's third clean sheet of the season, ninth of his MU career.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles lock up a spot in the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship, which begins Nov. 2, with two regular season fixtures remaining. It will mark the third straight postseason appeararance for Coach Bennett's squad.
Marquette remains on top of the Blue Division with 18 points in league play and now will attempt to secure one of two first-round byes in the BIG EAST tourney.
MU faces perhaps its toughest test of the season this Wednesday, Oct.26, when the Golden Eagles travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on the nation's top-ranked team in the Connecticut Huskies.
Wednesday's kickoff at UConn is set for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET). The match can be heard live on WMUR Marquette Radio.
Marquette Starters: Check; Dillon, Holowaty, Pothast, Alfano; Ciesiulka, Mallace, Robb; Selvaggi, Jansson, Nortey (Subs: Huftalin, Herrera, Lysak, Mau, Islami, Lyon)
Seton Hall Starters: Reichwaldt; Baker, Brela, Kerstetter, Akinyode, Wellington, Zammiello, Garcia, M., Garcia, C., Greene, Hess (Subs: Plewa, LoManto, Witherspoon, Gurel, Battistesa)
Marquette (8-6-1, 6-1-0) vs. Seton Hall (4-9-2, 0-6-0)
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