Marquette Offense Explodes in 4-1 Win Over Xavier

Oct. 22, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team exploded offensively with a 4-1 victory and upset over visiting Xavier on Alumni Day at Valley Fields on Saturday night. Freshman Luka Prpa provided a brace, while redshirt junior Daniel Szczepanek tallied a goal and an assist as MU collected its first BIG EAST win in 2016.

The Golden Eagles (4-5-4, 1-3-2 BIG EAST) struck early with Prpa converting a penalty in the 10th minute, followed by his second of the match and eighth of the season just 8 minutes later. Szczepanek made it 3-1 by halftime, while freshman Connor Alba added his fourth of the season with a score off a redirect in the 48th minute.

The Musketeers (7-5-3, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) entered the game in second place in the BIG EAST and were receiving votes in the latest NSCAA Top 25 poll. Despite totaling 21 shots and 12 corner kicks, Xavier was unable to find much success against MU goalie Luis Barraza.

The Santa Teresa, N.M. native registered a season-high nine saves in net, while the offense matched its season-high with four goals on just eight shots.

It was the fourth four-goal output of the season for the Golden Eagles and first since a 4-1 win over Northwestern back on Sept. 5. It was also the third multi-goal game for Prpa, who ran his team-high total to 22 points. The win was the first over Xavier since 2013 and broke a string of three-straight 1-0 decisions in the series.

Marquette will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when it takes on Providence on the road. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. Central time.

GOAL SUMMARY
10' | MU | Luka Prpa (Penalty): Luka Prpa drew the penalty kick after firing off a shot that ricocheted off the hand of a Xavier defender and then capitalized on the PK by blasting one into the right upper 90.

18' | MU | Luka Prpa (Daniel Szczepanek): Prpa connected on his second goal of the match after a left-footed finish from inside the 18-yard box.

25' | XU | Matt Vasquenza (Majed Osman): Vasquenza used his speed to create a breakaway and fired in a shot near post from 18 yards out.

41' | MU | Daniel Szczepanek (Patrick Seagrist, Connor Alba): Daniel Szczepanek lined in a right-footed blast inside the near post following two key passes from Patrick Seagrist and Connor Alba.

48' | MU | Connor Alba (Daniel Szczepanek): Szczepanek crossed the ball into the box, which deflected off a Xavier defender and was collected by Connor Alba, who found the back of the net.

STARTING XI
Marquette: 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 3-Alberts, 6-Alba, M., 7-Seagrist, 9-Szczepanek, 11-Alba, C., 14-Prpa, 15-Sanchez, 18-von Hofacker, 23-Núñez

Xavier: 0-Hanley, 5-Brown, C., 6-Brown, J., 9-Pratzner, 11-Otim, 13-Andriot, 16-Nance, 17-Hansford, 20-Vasquenza, 21-Osman, 23-Sutherland

NEXT MATCH
Opponent: at Providence
Location: Providence, R.I.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 6:05 p.m. Central time


 

 

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