Men's Soccer Competes in Wisconsin D1 Spring Cup
April 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University men's soccer team took on a pair of instate-foes Saturday, April 13 in the Wisconsin D1 Spring Cup. The Golden Eagles tied against Green Bay and fell short against Wisconsin, losing 1-0.
In the first action of the day amidst harsh weather conditions, Marquette and Green Bay were both unable to find the back of the net, with the end result being a 0-0 tie. The match featured two 35-minute halves, and neither team was able to get much going during the 70 minute affair. "It's a training game. I didn't think that either team in the first half could master the wind or create clear quality opportunities," said head coach Louis Bennett. Marquette did have some decent scoring opportunities in the second half, but ultimately came up empty.
Against Green Bay a number of young players saw increased minutes, which allowed head coach Louis Bennett to see different combinations of players on the field. "I thought Brady Walsh the second half goal keeper, came on and played organized and in control of the situation. I thought he showed himself pretty well"
In the final action of the day, the Golden Eagles fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 1-0. In the 39th minute junior Toni Ramadani scored the lone goal of the match off an excellent pass from senior Tomislav Zadro. After resting most of its key players in the first match, Marquette featured its "A" lineup against the Badgers.
"You have to go through these kinds of games as a squad to find out who is really there, who the leaders are and who can really influence the game," said Louis Bennett.
"We have an opportunity to really see and play guys that may not normally get an opportunity. We are trying to see who is going to be able to help us, who has the potential and who can build some of that potential to help us in the fall."
The Golden Eagles return to spring action next Saturday, April 20, when they head to Omaha, Nebraska to take part in the 8th Annual "Kicks for a Cure" Soccer Exhibition Weekend. Marquette will take on future-BIG EAST foe Creighton at 7 p.m. CT.