Men's Soccer Looks Ahead Following 1-0 Setback to NIU
April 17, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Northern Illinois netted the lone tally in Saturday's men's soccer exhibition match at Marquette University, a header in the 19th minute which gave NIU a 1-0 decision over the Golden Eagles at Valley Fields.
"The way that [NIU] plays, we really weren't able to get into the flow," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said following the match. "They are really right in your face. We got a little emotional, and that got us a little off-kilter."
With Kennan Flynn and David Check unavailable, sophomore goalkeeper Ben Calvopina got his first-ever starting nod and played all 90 minutes between the posts. Calvopina played solidly throughout the evening, thwarting a number of the Huskies scoring opportunities, including a diving save in the 43rd minute on a shot taken from just inside the top of the box.
While NIU controlled possession for much of the first half, the Golden Eagles arguably created more quality scoring chances.
In the 10th minute, Calum Mallace had a beautifully played through ball that was chased down by Andrew Krynski who crossed to Anthony Colaizzi, but an NIU defender was able to step in and disrupt the pass before Colaizzi had a chance to gather the ball and put a shot on target.
Colaizzi had another opportunity in the 40th minute when his shot from the right side was deflected and MU's Andy Huftalin volleyed the rebound over the cross bar and wide of the goal.
Marquette was able to balance possession better in the second half, spending more time on its attacking third of the field, but neither team was able to threaten until Adam Lysak's rocket in the 81st minute might have been able to sneak inside the left post, but his shot was aimed right at the anticipating keeper, who came up with the save.
"At times we looked pretty good," Bennett said. "But that ball in the final third wasn't what we were looking for. We tried to force it, and we kept pushing and pushing. We've still got some work to do."
MU will wrap up its spring exhibition season next Sunday, April 25 at Valley Fields when the Golden Eagles are set to host Wisconsin, Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay in the annual Wisconsin Division I Spring Cup.
Marquette is set to face Milwaukee in the opening match at 9:30 a.m. There is not cost for admission.