Marquette Makes History, Blanks DePaul, 4-0
Nov. 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team (8-5-4, 2-3-4 BIG EAST) clinched a spot in the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship and goalkeeper Charlie Lyon broke the program's career shutouts record in a 4-0 victory against DePaul (4-10-4, 1-6-2) Friday night at Valley Fields.
With tonight's victory, Marquette advances to its sixth-straight BIG EAST tournament appearance. MU, the defending tournament champion, is the sixth seed and will travel to face No. 3 Georgetown in a quarterfinal match up on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Kickoff against the Hoyas is slated for 1 p.m. Central time (2 p.m. ET).
With his ninth shutout of 2014, and 29th of his illustrious career, Lyon was able to surpass Jim Welch (1994-97) for the most shutouts in program history.
Marquette would get all they needed in the 27th minute from Coco Navarro's second goal of the season. Axel Sjoberg sent a long pass from the center circle to Navarro who chested it down, one-touched it and fired off a shot that was deflected by a defender before getting past DePaul goalkeeper Mack Robinson.
Substitute Jack Alberts gave the Blue & Gold another score before heading into the locker room for halftime. In the 43rd minute, Louis Bennett II served the ball into the box off a set piece from 45 yards out to the head of Sjoberg. The Stockholm, Sweden, native flicked it to Alberts, who easily put the ball away for his third goal of the season.
Three minutes into the second half, Bennett II secured his second-straight three-point game with his third goal of the season. Bennett II played it wide to Adam Hermsen. Hermsen then crossed it back into the box to Bennett II, who finished from 12 yards out to give MU a 3-0 lead.
In the 73rd minute, Daniel Szczepanek sent a through ball straight ahead to a charging C. Nortey. The Ghanaian striker controlled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and finished one-on-one against the keeper for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Earlier this season, Marquette and Georgetown tied 0-0 in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 4).
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Taylor, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, McBride, Bennett II; Navarro, Nortey, Selvaggi; Subs: Alberts, Szczepanek, Zyteja
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