Second Half Comeback Propels Friars Past Marquette

C. Nortey scored his fourth goal of the season in the 86th minute
Oct. 28, 2015

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MILWAUKEE – On a cold and windy night at Valley Fields, the Marquette University men’s soccer team was unable to overcome three second-half goals by Providence in a 4-3 setback Wednesday, Oct. 28. Dominik Machado sealed the win for the Friars with a goal that came just 16 seconds after C. Nortey's impressive header to tie the game for the Golden Eagles in the 86th minute.

Despite playing into a stiff wind for the first 45 mintues, Marquette (5-8-2, 1-5-1 BIG EAST) went into halftime with a surprising 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals by redshirt senior Kelmend Islami. Providence (7-5-2, 3-3-1 BIG EAST) certainly had its fair share of chances as it outshot the Golden Eagles, 10-7, in the opening stanza, but faced an uphill climb and a stiff wind themselves in the second half.

However, the Friars came out of halftime unphased, scoring two quick second-half goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 50th minute and knocking Marquette off its kilter for a considerable amount of time.

"The first four minutes of the second half, we lost the plot," head coach Louis Bennett said. "We showed our youth and were extremely naïve. For the next 25 minutes, we were in shock. Then, the first time we put three quality passes together, we scored. But as soon as we did, that naivety came back and we gave a goal away. To win in this league, you have to be experienced and old with some young guys mixed in. We’re not yet."

Those three passes Bennett referred to led to the magnificent header from Nortey off the wonderful cross from Bennett II to tie the game in the 86th minute. But it was Machado's immediate answer 16 seconds later that gave the the Friars all they needed to earn three crucial points in the standings.

Match Highlights: Marquette 3-4 Providence - Oct. 28, 2015

Seniors combined for three impressive goals for #MarquetteSoccer as Kelmend Islami added his 7th and 8th scores of the year, while C. Nortey provided a sensational flying header to tie the game in the 86th, but it wasn't enough to take down Providence tonight.

Posted by Marquette University Men's Soccer on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The setback left MU hanging on by a mathematical thread in the chase for one of only six BIG EAST tournament spots and with just two games remaining.

"Providence is a prototypically mid-table team with four guys that went to the final four last year and a bunch of young players mixed in," Bennett said. "They have experience, which is a competitive edge, to go along with one of the leading goal scorers in the league and that’s something we don’t have."

Mac Steeves, a junior forward that was a part of the team's final four run a year ago, broke open the scoring in the 19th minute with his 11th goal of the season, which is second-most in the BIG EAST.

Marquette now looks ahead to its final home game of the regular season Saturday, Oct. 31, as it takes on Butler and celebrates the squad's six graduating seniors (Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, C.Nortey, David Selvaggi, Patrick Schulz, Brady Walsh) prior to the start of the match.

"Go out and play our best possible soccer and feed the seniors," Bennett said with how to approach Saturday's game. "Get the ball forward and feed them and let’s honor them by giving them as much of the ball as possible so they can do their job."

Seniors have accounted for 16 of the team's 20 goals this season with Islami leading the way with eight, followed by Nortey and Selvaggi each with four.

Kickoff against Butler is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


19’ | PC | Matt Vasquenza (Matt Vance) | Friars capitalize on counter-attack. Mac Steeves nets his 11th goal of the season off a wind-aided cross from Manny Andrade.

28’ | MU | Kelmend Islami (Ben Tweedie) | Tweedie’s cross finds Islami who corrals the ball, finds open space and fires a shot into the upper-90.

32’ | MU | Kelmend Islami (Ben Tweedie) | Tweedie sends a perfect through ball to Islami, who chips it over the charging PC keeper from 15 yards out.

48’ | PC | Klisman Sousa (Manny Andrade) | Off a corner and ensuing scrum for the ball, Sousa heads ball past keeper into the net to square the match.

50’ | PC | Julian Gressel (Klisman Sousa) | Gressel gives Providence the lead with a shot that evades the aggressive play from MU defense.

86’ | MU | C. Nortey (Louis Bennett II) | Bennett II’s cross finds Nortey who flies in for the head, which gets by the PC keeper and squares the match.

86’ | PC | Dominik Machado (Julian Gressel, Brendan Constantine) | Just 15 seconds later, Machado provides the goal ahead goal on a run-of-play goal.


17’ | Selvaggi centered the ball and sent a cross to Pothast in the box, whose shot was blocked by PC keeper and punched back into play, where a subsequent shot was blocked by PC defenders.

24' | Marquette does not take advantage of four corner kick chances in a two minute span. MU now already with seven corners tonight.

35’ | Steeves nails a cross into the post, but PC then commits a foul in the box and is unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

70’ | Dominik Machado blasts a shot from 15 yards that hits the crossbar and post but is cleared by MU defenders.


MARQUETTE – 1- Luis Barraza, 2- John Pothast, 3- Jack Alberts, 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

PROVIDENCE – 1- Ben Seguljic, 4- Jeff Kilday, 6- Guyllian Kabala, 7- Alex Vigliotti, 10- Manny Andrade, 11- Klisman Sousa, 15- Mark Jecewiz, 18- Mac Steeves, 19- Dominik Machado, 22- Nick Sailor, 24- Julian Gressel


LOCATION: Valley Fields | Milwaukee
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31
TIME: 7:05 PM CT




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