MU Pitches 1-0 Shutout Over DePaul on Senior Night
Nov. 3, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Seniors John Pothast and Mac Wheeler led the Marquette University men's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout over DePaul in their final game at Valley Fields on Thursday night. Freshman Luka Prpa converted a penalty in the 23rd minute to register his 10th goal and second game-winner in his debut season with the Golden Eagles.
Marquette (5-7-4, 2-5-2 BIG EAST) improved to 25-5-1 all-time against DePaul with the win after Prpa became the first MU player to reach the 10-goal mark in a single season since C. Nortey finished 10 goals back in 2013.
Wheeler made five saves, all coming in the second half, and recorded his second career shutout in the process. His previous shutout also came this season in a 4-0 win over Northern Illinois back on Aug. 29. Pothast led a backline that prevented a single shot from reaching Wheeler in the first 45 minutes and when the Blue Demons (9-7-2, 4-5-0 BIG EAST) added an extra attacker in the second half, the defense was up to the task.
It was Marquette's first win of the season that it didn't need four goals as the previous four victories each required exactly four scores. It also marked the third shutout and first one-goal victory for the Golden Eagles.
Despite the loss, DePaul still clinched its second straight BIG EAST tournament berth thanks to a Georgetown loss at No. 24 Creighton and will enter the first round as the No. 6 seed.
Marquette controlled play for much of the match as it outshot DePaul, 10-9, while holding a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.
Prpa's goal in the 23rd minute was created when he raced into the penalty area for a ball and was immediately tripped by a DePaul defender. He stepped up to the spot and converted the chance with a low-driving shot inside the left post, which marked his fourth penalty kick conversion in four chances this season.
The Wind Lake, Wisconsin native finished the year second in the BIG EAST Conference in total points behind Providence's Julian Gressel (27 points; 11 goals), scoring 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. It's the most points scored by an MU player since Chris Lee notched 33 points on 14 goals and two assists back in 2003.
DePaul: 1-Low, 2-Pothast, 3-de Bruijne, 6-Freitag, 7-Wustling, 9-Scheper, 10-Rodriguez, 14-Beyer, 22-Megally, 26-El Shafei, 33-van der Slot
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