NCAA Tourney: MU Tops Zips 1-0 in Extra Time
Nov. 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Coco Navarro tallied the golden goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime period Sunday as Marquette University (13-5-2) defeated the Akron Zips (17-4-1) by a final score of 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship on a frigid night at Valley Fields.
With their first-ever NCAA tournament victory, the ninth-seeded Golden Eagles now advance to the Round of 16 next Sunday, Dec. 1 when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the No. 8 seed Virginia Cavaliers (11-5-5).
"How can you not be proud of these lads?" said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "Challenging opponent, challenging conditions, they just hung in there. I couldn't be more happy about the result, but it was the way we got the result is what means the most."
Navarro's game-winner Sunday was his third goal of the season. Redshirt senior Adam Lysak played a back-heel pass to the left corner to teammate Paul Dillon. The senior left back sent a long cross to the top of the six-yard box and Navarro's side-volley beat Akron goalkeeper Jake Fenlason, who was able to get a hand on the shot.
Fenlason finished with a single-season team high nine saves. MU goalie Charlie Lyon made five saves on the night to earn his 10th clean sheet of the campaign, matching the single-season school record for shutouts, which he also tied last season as a redshirt sophomore.
"We stuck together, we were communicating, we were organized, and we didn't let them play their way," Lyon said. "The work that the 10 guys did in front of me today was incredible."
The Golden Eagles out-shot Akron 19-15 and placed 10 of those shots on goal, compared to five shot on goal by the Zips. MU also had an 8-4 advantage on corner kicks.
In a back-and-forth, hard fought game between two nationally ranked sides, both the Zips and the Golden Eagles were looking for each and every break they could get with temperatures lingering around 20 degrees.
Akron, which won the national championship in 2010 and has been one of the top programs in the country, had plenty of chances to break through for a goal during regulation, but they were unable to capitalize. Perhaps the Zips' best chance came in the 76th minute when senior midfielder Zac Portillos beat Lyon, but hit the right post.
"It's obviously a tough one," said Akron head coach Jared Embick. "For two teams that like to play soccer, for a game to be decided by the conditions is disappointing at this stage of the tournament. Give Marquette credit; they found a way to make a play."
With the loss, the Zips are eliminated from postseason play
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E. Pothast, Wahl, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Holowaty, Lysak, Parianos, Taylor