Marquette Closes Out 2015 with Setback at DePaul
Nov. 5, 2015
CHICAGO -- The Marquette University men's soccer team closed out the 2015 regular season against DePaul University on the road and the Blue Demons used two first-half goals en route to a 3-0 victory Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5.
Unseasonably warm temperatures made for ideal playing conditions, but the Golden Eagles were unable to take advantage as the loss brought their season to an end with an overall mark of 5-10-2 (1-7-1 BIG EAST). With the win, the Blue Demons (5-12-1, 4-4-1 BIG EAST) earned a spot in the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.
Marquette earned a pair of nice chances early on thanks to David Selvaggi and Ruben Sanchez, but neither was able to put one away. DePaul took over from there, scoring twice in the first half with goals from Kevin Beyer and Jalen Harvey in the 29th and 33rd minutes, respectively. Erik Rodriguez then added another in the 58th minute.
"We had three of the best four chances in the early part of the game," head coach Louis Bennett said. "Missing those early chances put us under a little bit of pressure and they came back and took advantage of a set piece, which has been our Achilles heel all season long."
The Blue Demons went ahead 1-0 in the 29th minute when Kevin Beyer connected with a header off Simon Megally's corner kick service.
A few minutes later, junior Mac Wheeler, who earned his second straight start in net for Marquette, came out with an aggressive save, but DePaul kept possession in the attacking third and connected again. Jalen Harvey made the most of his senior day with a goal from 22 yards out to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute.
"After the second one we were shell-shocked," Bennett said. "After having much of the play before that, I thought things were swinging in our favor and had we been able to put those goals in, it would have been a slightly different story.
"The way they scored both goals have been the prototypical downsides to our season," Bennett added. "We've been poor on set pieces and we haven't been able to put a complete game together. We created opportunities, but we just couldn't finish them."
Seniors Kelmend Islami and Selvaggi finished with four shots apiece and three shots on goal combined to lead Marquette. DePaul held the narrow advantage in shots by an 18-15 margin, while commanding set pieces with a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Brady Walsh made his first career appearance for the Blue & Gold, coming on in relief of Wheeler in the second half. The Grayslake, Illinois native made two saves, while Wheeler collected one.
The Golden Eagles missed qualifying for the BIG EAST tournament for the first time in seven years, but will look to rebound from a season of unfortunate injuries, while gaining some much-needed experience, toward getting back on track in 2016.
29' | DPU | Kevin Beyer (Simon Megally) | Blue Demons get on the board with a header from Beyer off Megally's corner kick service.
33' | DPU | Jalen Harvey (Caleb Pothast, Simon Megally) | Following a Mac Wheeler save, the Blue Demons kept possession in the attacking third and used a nice combination to get it to Harvey for the goal from 22 yards out.
58' | DPU | Erik Rodriguez (Hans Wustling, Simon Megally) | Rodriguez deflected a shot in front off Wustling's cross and it snuck inside the left post just off the outstretched arm of Brady Walsh in net.
12' | Marquette's David Selvaggi and Ruben Sanchez each with solid scoring chances on back-to-back trips into the attacking third. Sanchez's shot was turned away by the DePaul keeper prior to Selvaggi taking a cross and blasting one just over the crossbar.
16' | Marquette's Toby Howell with a chance as he tried to slide one by the keeper, but his shot hit the left post before the GK recovered.
25' | An inadvertent handball was called on Marquette's Ruben Sanchez just outside the 18-yard box, but the DePaul free kick was blocked out for a corner, which the Golden Eagles then cleared out of harm's way.
49' | Marquette's Brady Walsh was challenged early after starting the second half in net, coming out aggressively on a 1v1 with a DePaul striker and making the sliding save to prevent an empty net chance.
MARQUETTE -- 30- Mac Wheeler, 2- John Pothast, 4- Toby Howell, 7- Kelmend Islami, 8- Daniel Szczepanek, 9- David Selvaggi, 12- Alex McBride, 15- Ruben Sanchez, 17- Adam Hermsen, 20- Jake Taylor, 21- Driton Zyteja
DEPAUL -- 2- Pothast, 4- Sell, 5- Harvey, 9- Hindle, 10- Rodriguez, 13- Mojarro, 14- Beyer, 16- Freitag, 18- Robinson, 21- Scheper, 22- Megally
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