Marquette Falls To Northwestern 1-0 in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 18, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Northwestern topped Marquette 1-0 Sunday in a NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Second Round match in front of 1,186 fans at Valley Fields. The Wildcats scored the lone goal midway through the first half and hung on for the clean sheet, knocking MU out of the postseason.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles finish their season with a 16-4-1 overall record. It was Marquette's first and only home loss of the campaign. Meanwhile, Northwestern (13-5-4) advances to the third round and will head to Louisville on Nov. 25 to face the Cardinals.
Northwestern, which had a shot cleared off the MU goal line in the opening minutes of the match, took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute after a free kick set-up a second-phase strike and the game's only tally. Scott Lakin played back out to the top of the box where Joey Calistri needed one-touch to blast it into the top right corner of the net from 20 yards out for the decisive score.
Calistri had another opportunity in the 35th minute following a Golden Eagles' miscue in the midfield that left the NU player with one defender to beat. Calistri dribbled from the center circle to just inside the left corner of the box, where he created space between him and the defender and sent a shot that sailed over the cross bar.
Marquette, which going into the weekend hadn't been shutout in 20 matches this season, out-shot the Wildcats 9-8 on the evening. However, the Golden Eagles only put two shots on frame Sunday and weren't able to record a shot on goal until the 76th minute of play.
Earlier in the second half, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller left his line to smother a loose ball in the 69th minute. MU was able to retain possession with a handful of players in or around the box, but nobody got a look at the open goal as the Wildcats eventually cleared.
MU's final opportunity came in the closing seconds. A free kick in the center circle allowed MU keeper Charlie Lyon to come up to take the kick, sending the ball into the box before it was headed away by a Northwestern defender.
Both goalkeepers ended up with a pair of saves and Miller was credited with his 10th clean sheet of the season.
Sunday's loss marked the end of a remarkable season for the Golden Eagles. Sixteen wins tied a single-season program record, led by seventh year head coach Louis Bennett. MU also garnered the No. 7 overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship after being ranked nationally in the top-10 for most of the season.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Robb, Selvaggi, E. Pothast, Jansson, Hermsen, J. Pothast, Islami (Subs: Huftalin, Lysak)