Marquette Draws with Saint Louis in Valley Spring Debut
March 30, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against visiting Saint Louis University in a windy spring home debut at Valley Fields Sunday, March 29, marking the team's second competition of the spring season.
Alex McBride netted the first goal of the match for the Golden Eagles in the first half. SLU, who is coming off an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament out of the Atlantic-10 Conference, scored off a corner kick in the second half.
The two squads had a friendly penalty-kick shootout after the official match had concluded, with MU winning that portion of the contest.
Despite windy conditions, head coach Louis Bennett says the team gained a lot from its match against the Billikins.
"We rotated between a couple different formations and I thought it went really well," says Bennett. "We're trying not to re-establish, but re-confirm our style and brand and I was very happy with our performance despite the wind."
Coach Bennett also mentioned how spring games give all of his players opportunities to see time on the pitch and he was impressed with how his players performed against what's thought to be a top-40 program in Saint Louis.
"Martin Alba continues to establish himself as an influential player. Louis [Bennett II] played really well," says Bennett. "[John] Pothast and [Danny] Jarosz and both keepers had substantial performances. Jake Taylor is beginning to hit form, which is indicative of his experience as he goes into his third year."
Bennett went in depth with the process of the spring season and how it isn't about winning and losing on the scoreboard.
"Over the course of the spring, it's feels like a very elongated preseason," Bennett said. "We're covering a lot of things and those expectations will knit together. We'll be able to discover who we want to be and what kind of chemistry we have between players to get what we want.
"We've covered about 65 percent of the tactical things so far," he said. "Over the final few weeks, we'll be finishing up the tactical awareness and determine who will be the major players for the 2015 season."
Marquette next takes to the pitch Saturday, April 11, in a doubleheader against in-state competition at Valley Fields. MU will face UW-Parkside at 10 a.m. followed by Green Bay at 5 p.m.
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