MU Wins BIG EAST Title With 3-2 Win Over Providence
Nov. 17, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. - The Marquette University men's soccer team hung on to defeat Providence 3-2 Sunday in the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Final at PPL Park. It marks the first BIG EAST Men's Soccer tournament championship for MU, which also won a share of the league's regular-season title.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles (12-5-2) receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, which begins with first-round action later this week.
"We're ecstatic about winning the tournament, getting the automatic bid," said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "I'm really happy for our senior class and all our classes below that. I thought our body of work this season was very good, but sometimes you don't always get rewarded for that but we did today."
Marquette led 2-0 at halftime thanks to junior midfielder Sebastian Jansson and freshman Nick Parianos who happened to be in the right spot at the right time. Both Jansson and Parianos came on as first-half substitutions, scoring their respective goals less than a minute after coming onto the pitch.
Louis Bennett II mis-hit a shot inside the box that was going to go wide of the left post before Jansson's diving header beat Providence goalkeeper Keasel Broome to give the Golden Eagles the go-ahead goal to make it 1-0 in the 34th minute.
Three minutes later, Parianos was a beneficiary off a cross by Kelmend Islami on the far side of the pitch that the freshman from Akron, Ohio headed into the left side of the net from the top of the six-yard box, doubling MU's advantage.
Jansson replaced Lysak and scored 25 seconds later. Parianos came on for Nortey, who left with a leg injury. Nortey returned to start the second half.
Adam Lysak, who notched the golden goal in extra time Friday in the Golden Eagles' 1-0 semifinal win over Butler, tallied his second goal of the tournament (fourth of the season) in the 59th minute. Lysak took one touch at the top of the box before unleashing a low shot inside the left post to make it 3-0.
The Friars (12-5-3) got back to within two at the 66:31 mark when Manny Andrade one-timed a shot from the left corner of the box off a Phil Towler assist. Another goal in the 87th minute gave Providence a lifeline, moving the score to 3-2. Julian Gressel knocked it in on a rebound. MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon made a great save on the first shot but couldn't recover in time.
Despite the late scores, time would run out on the Friars' comeback hopes.
Lysak was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the tournament and Redshirt sophomore Axel Sjoberg earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors. Both players, along with Lyon and Bennett II landed a spot on the all-tournament team.
Marquette now awaits an NCAA tournament seed. A total of 48 teams will be selected to compete for the 2013 NCAA College Cup. Last year, MU received a first-round bye into the NCAA round of 32. The annual NCAA Selection Show will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 11 a.m. Central time Monday, Nov. 18.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Lysak, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Holowaty, Islami, Krynski, Parianos, Jansson, Taylor
Tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player
BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team