Marquette Soccer Plays Even vs. Milwaukee

Junior John Pothast
April 19, 2016

2016 Spring Schedule

The Marquette University men’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw last Thursday night against cross-town foe UW-Milwaukee in the 11th Annual Bob Summy Classico game at Valley Fields.

Bob Summy was a respected and loyal supporter of both the Golden Eagle and Panther programs prior to his passing in 2005. Since his death, the two teams have met each year in a spring friendly in his honor.

"I thought it was a positive exercise for us," head coach Louis Bennett said. "It was nice to recognize a guy in this game Bob Summy, who was helpful to both programs and it’s always good to play UWM.

"It was a good game for us," Bennett added. "It was spicy, aggressive and a little bit ugly, if you’re a purist. We hung in there and earned one of the best chances. In the second half, I think we carried the last 10 minutes."

Offensive chances came at a premium for both sides throughout the contest on a cold, windy night at Valley Fields. Louis Bennett II earned a solid first-half scoring chance, while Jesper Larsson's second-half try was the most dangerous chance. John Pothast also had an opportunity in the final 2 minutes, watching his uncharacteristic left-footed shot that was mere inches off the mark.

While Marquette was unable to pick-up the win, the squad gained valuable experience, as eight freshmen saw time in the derby.

The Golden Eagles have two remaining matches on their spring slate, beginning with a home match with the MKE Torrent of the NPSL at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 23, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. CT. The Torrent is Milwaukee’s only professional outdoor team with the 2016 season as its first as a franchise.



The match with MU will be the Torrent’s second-ever match as it takes on UW-Milwaukee just two days prior. While the Golden Eagles will have a limited scouting report on the Torrent, there will be a good sense of familiarity, as five members of the team played for UW-Milwaukee during their respective collegiate careers.


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