Marquette Defeats Creighton 2-0 at Kicks For a Cure Event
April 23, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University men's soccer team defeated future-conference foe Creighton 2-0 Saturday, April 20, at the annual Kicks For a Cure event at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
"Both teams were trying to establish a pattern of play, I think we held the good portion of the first twenty minutes. They tried to press us and we were constantly trying to play out from our defense third," said head coach Louis Bennett.
Sophomore Kelmend Islami opened up the scoring Saturday night with an unassisted goal in the 36th minute and redshirt sophomore Charlie Hoover added some insurance with an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute to propel the Golden Eagles to victory. Hoover was recognized for his outstanding play at the Kicks For a Cure event, earning the MVP award.
Islami's goal was the byproduct of outstanding ball movement and team work from the Golden Eagles. Islami, with his back to the goal, corralled the loose ball, spun, and struck the ball to the left past the goalkeeper. "It was probably six passes from one box to the other without them touching it. We were really excited about that, it really quailed a lot of their [Creighton] enthusiasm."
Hoover notched the second and final goal of the evening by remaining persistent in his pursuit of the ball. After having his initial shot blocked, and the seeing ball rapidly alternate possession, Hoover gained possession and struck the ball to the righthand side of the goalkeeper, and watched it go into the back of the net.
Hoover's role has increased this spring and head coach Louis Bennett likes what he's seen so far from the redshirt sophomore. "Hoovers been asked to play in a couple of different new positions. He's taken it to task and done really well. This spring he's accentuating what he is, not what he is not. We are all really happy with that. He's really shined this spring," Louis Bennett.
Creighton, who will join the Golden Eagles in the new-look BIG EAST conference in 2013, made a deep run into the 2012 College Cup before falling in the national semifinal to eventual champion Indiana. The Blue Jays lose to just four seniors from the 2012 roster and look to be a challenger for the BIG EAST title in 2013.
"Creighton is a great addition, a regular tournament team," said Louis Bennett. "Certainly Creighton will be a spirited rivalry, but certainly very professional. I have a lot of respect for Elmor Bolivich what he's done, how he's done it, and who he is."
The Kicks For a Cure event has raised $1,435,665 since it began eight years ago. "It was a great situation. Lot of really great folks doing really great things. We were humbled to be a part of it and I'd like to part of it in the future."
Marquette concludes its spring campaign next Sunday, April 28th, when it takes on BIG EAST foe DePaul at 10 a.m. Central Time and then heads across town to take on UW-Milwaukee at Engelmann Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
"We're finishing up our evaluation process and its fortunate there is going to be two exciting games. It will be a great opportunity for us to round off the spring and will give us an idea of where we and where we are going to be," said Louis Bennett.