No. 10 Marquette Drops 2-1 Decision at DePaul
Nov. 8, 2013
CHICAGO - The Marquette University men's soccer team suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to DePaul in the final match of the regular season Friday at Wish Field.
The Blue Demons (5-11-2), who snap a seven-match losing streak, played the role of spoiler on their annual "Senior Day." A Marquette win would have guaranteed head coach Louis Bennettthe team's second conference championship in three years.
With the loss, however, the Golden Eagles (10-5-2, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) must now wait until later today to see where they finish in the league as well as their future seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship.
Marquette could still win the regular-season championship with a Georgetown (home vs. Villanova) loss or tie and a Xavier (at Butler) loss or tie. If the Golden Eagles end up in third place, they will host a BIG EAST quarterfinal match Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Valley Fields, while the top two seeds earn a bye into the semifinal round, which starts next Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
DePaul's starting goalkeeper Eric Sorby left the game in the 8th minute with an apparent broken finger, effectively ending the senior's collegiate career, giving way to freshman back-up Quentin Low.
Blue Demons midfielder Art Garza gave the home side -- and his replacement keeper -- an early 1-0 cushion in the 23rd minute. Teammate Jared Blincow sent a long cross to the far post that Garza headed past MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.
Six minutes later, Marquette striker C. Nortey equalized off a rebounded shot from Louis Bennett IIthat Nortey finished top-shelf on the back post to knot it up at 1-1. But the Golden Eagles found themselves chasing the game once again later in the half after DePaul's Koray Yesilli headed in a corner kick in the 34th minute to put the Blue Demons up 2-1.
DePaul began the second half with a corner kick in which Blue Demons midfielder Michael Stankiewicz collided with Lyon in front of the net. Stankiewicz went down and had to leave the game; Lyon went to the bench and got a bandaged up to stop a bloody nose before returning the pitch.
Marquette pressed by putting more guys forward as time continued to click off the clock later in the half, but the Golden Eagles just couldn't get a good look at goal. By then, the damage had already been done.
Check GoMarquette.com over the weekend for the latest postseason updates and schedules.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Holowaty, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Hermsen, Jansson, Taylor
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