Men's Soccer Sweeps Double-Header Action
April 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE-- For the Marquette men's soccer team the spring schedule continues to be a time of learning, self-discovery, and growth. On Saturday, April 13, the spring quest continues, as the Golden Eagles will host UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin in the Wisconsin D1 Spring Cup at Valley Fields. The team will look to build off of the positive momentum gained from a successful double-header on Saturday, April 6, in which the squad came out victorious against SIU-Edwardsville, and later St. Louis University.
"It was a big challenge to play two games on the back of some serious bus travel against two quality programs, but that's what is needed to become a seasoned team," said head coach Louis Bennett.
On the first leg of the trip, opposite SIU-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill., Bennett decided to start an unfamiliar first-half lineup with the hopes of getting some good energy out of his younger players. From the get-go, the youthful lineup provided pressure on the opposition, and controlled the majority of the possession time.
15 minutes into the half freshman Patrick Schulz came into the game, replacing sophomore DJ Schillinger. Shortly after, Schulz received a nice centering ball from the flank, sent by sophomore Kelmend Islami. Schulz guided the volley into the net, and that proved to be the deciding goal of the match. The second half featured a more traditional lineup for Marquette, and the team had a number of chances to lengthen the gap, but the match ended one-nil.
Hours later, following a drive from Edwardsville, Ill. to St. Louis, Mo. the squad took on a talented St. Louis University team amidst windy conditions. Playing its "A" team lineups for the duration of the match, both teams played back and forth, searching for a big play.
The break came in the second half, when junior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka made a nice play to get the ball to redshirt junior forward Adam Lysak, who then set up redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg for a familiar goal from a set piece. The Sjoberg goal, combined with some clutch goaltending by captain Charlie Lyon, capped off another 1-0 victory, and an overall sweep on the day for the Golden Eagles.
"This week and weekend games has helped us move forward towards our goal of gaining valuable team and individual experience. Equipping the team with experiences that will help us meet the future challenges is of paramount importance during the spring period."
Marquette looks ahead to Saturday, and the Wisconsin D1 Spring Cup. The first set of matches will kick off at 9:30 a.m. CT, with Marquette taking on Green Bay at Valley Fields, while Milwaukee plays Wisconsin across town at the Panthers' Engelmann Field. MU's match against the Phoenix will feature two 35-minute halves. Following the morning match, the Golden Eagles will return to the pitch to battle cross-state rival Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin D1 Spring Cup offers a unique experience for teams in Wisconsin, as this will serve as a time where all four Division I teams in the state will be in action. After this weekend, Marquette will travel to play at Creighton on April 20, before it concludes the spring season with a double-header on April 28 against DePaul and Milwaukee at Engelmann Field.