Marquette Tops Butler 1-0 in BIG EAST Semifinal
Nov. 15, 2013
Chester, Pa. - It took 98 minutes but the Marquette University men's soccer team finally broke through as senior Adam Lysak's golden goal lifted MU to a 1-0 win over Butler in extra time late Friday night in a BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship semifinal match at PPL Park.
Sophomore Louis Bennett II had a shot on goal saved by Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson that landed at the feet of Lysak at the far post and the Janesville, Wis. native calmly placed the ball top shelf on the rebound.
"The ball came into Louis, he took a great touch and a great shot. It came right to me, I saw the keeper scrambling and I just tried to put it a little higher than he could reach it with enough power to get by him," Lysak said.
With the win, the second-seeded Golden Eagles (11-5-2) advance to Sunday's BIG EAST tournament final to face No. 4 Providence (11-4-3). Kickoff against the Friars is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Central time (12:30 p.m. ET). The match will be nationally televised live on FOX Sports 2. Check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel lineups.
Lysak's heroics helped MU outlast sixth-seeded Butler in a high-tempo knockout game that saw a combined 40 shots with the Golden Eagles holding a slight 23-17 advantage, including a 5-1 margin in overtime.
Despite all the chances on both sides of the pitch, neither team was able to put the ball into the back of the net during regulation. In the end, it was MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon who emerged with his ninth clean sheet of the season while making eight saves on the night.
Marquette's best chance to get on the board in the first half came just two minutes after kickoff. Bennett II ripped a left-footed strike from the top of the 18-yard box that was saved, as the Golden Eagles went on the attack early into the contest.
Once the Bulldogs settled in they were able hold onto the ball more and create some chances of their own, eventually leading 8-7 in the shot column going into the locker room at the interval, including four shots on goal in the opening period.
Paced by strong midfield play, MU created more opportunities in the second half. Senior maestro Bryan Ciesiulka had a header saved over the crossbar in the 47th minute to set the tone. In the 80th minute, the Golden Eagles had a ball cleared off the line on the near post by a Butler defender following one of Marquette's 10 corner kicks.
The match turned more physical down the stretch as both teams were hungry to find the go-ahead goal that wouldn't come until Lysak was able to register his third goal of the season and second career game-winner.
It was a late night as the match didn't kick off until nearly 9:30 p.m. local time after the first semifinal of the evening went to penalty kicks that saw Providence advance past top-seeded Georgetown, 5-4, following a scoreless draw after 110 minutes.
MU, which earned a share of the league regular-season title, will be seeking its first BIG EAST tournament trophy Sunday in the program's first-ever trip to the finals since joining the conference in 2005.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Lysak, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Holowaty, Islami, Jansson, Taylor, Parianos
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