Marquette Plays To Scoreless Draw At St. John's
Oct. 23, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Marquette University traveled to St. John's for a BIG EAST Conference match-up Wednesday evening at Belson Stadium that ended in a scoreless 0-0 draw.
With the tie, the No. 16 Golden Eagles (9-3-2, 5-0-1 BIG EAST) picked up one point in the league standings and remain atop the conference standings with a total of 16 points, three points ahead of the second-place Georgetown Hoyas, who'll visit Valley Fields this Saturday, Oct. 26.
With three matches remaining in the regular season, the Golden Eagles have clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Conference tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
It marks the best start ever in league play for Marquette, which is unbeaten in its first six conference matches of 2013, while the Red Storm (7-5-2, 0-3-2 BIG EAST) walked away still looking for their first BIG EAST victory.
MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was credited with his third straight shutout, including fifth clean sheet in six BIG EAST matches and eighth of the season. He finished with a single-game season-high eight saves.
In addition to Lyon's effort between the posts, St. John's came up short of upsetting the nationally ranked Golden Eagles by hitting the woodwork twice. Cody Albrecht's strike from 25 yards out hit the left post in the 13th minute, and Danny Bedoya's shot early in the second half ricocheted off the right post, highlighting the Red Storm's two best scoring chances of the evening.
Marquette had an opportunity take the lead toward the end of the first half with a flurry of activity in front of the St. John's goal in in the 41st minute. Sophomore right back Adam Hermsen had a shot blocked by a defender on the goal line, followed by a rebound and shot by freshman forward Coco Navarro that was saved over the endline by Red Storm goalkeeper Rafael Diaz.
A header by redshirt sophomore Axel Sjoberg on the ensuing corner kick was also deflected. The ball was then controlled by redshirt senior Adam Lysak, who sent a shot wide left. Lysak finished with a team-high five shots on the evening.
Redshirt sophomore C. Nortey created a chance for a potential golden goal in the 107th minute when his cross on the near side of the pitch found senior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka. Ciesiulka controlled the pass at the top-right corner of the box, but his shot was cleared off the line by St. John's center back Tim Parker.
Also of note, the Golden Eagles were once again playing without the services of left winger Sebastian Jansson, who re-aggravated an injury in last Saturday's 1-0 win at Providence to open the two-game road stands.
Kickoff this upcoming Saturday against Georgetown is set for 7:05 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields. A win could clinch at least a share of Marquette's second regular-season BIG EAST championship since 2011.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Holowaty, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Lysak, Hermsen, Taylor