Marquette Hosts Wisconsin in Spring Finale Saturday
April 29, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s soccer team will close out its spring schedule against in-state rival Wisconsin at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 30. The friendly is slated for a 7 p.m. start time. Admission is free.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a convincing 4-0 win last week over NSL expansion team, the MKE Torrent. The big story this spring has been the team’s dominating defense as they have strung together four straight clean sheets.
“As with every spring, we had a plan in mind,” Bennett said. “At certain times we might have looked a little deficient, but as we go along we begin to look a little bit better. And we have evolved. The last two games, we’ve put as much together as we can to see how it will translate going forward.
“Our goal has been to be a lot more organized defensively and keep the ball out of the back of the net. We’re obviously very pleased. Four shutouts, I can’t remember the last time we’ve done that,” Bennett added. “It’s taken us time to score more than one goal, but we’ve managed to put some things in place in terms of scoring.”
Four different players registered goals in the win, including freshman Jan Maertins, who opened the scoring for MU in the first half. Louis Bennett II, Nick Parianos and Daniel Szczepanek also netted scores for Marquette.
It was just the second game for the Torrent, who began their season a few days prior with a 2-0 win over another crosstown foe, UW-Milwaukee, at Engelmann Stadium.
Marquette and Wisconsin have a storied history that dates all the way back to MU’s inaugural season in 1964. The Badgers hold the edge in the all-time series, 28-16-11, but the Golden Eagles are unbeaten in five of the last six match-ups, which include back-to-back shutouts.
In their last meeting, Kelmend Islami netted the lone goal in the 77th minute of Marquette’s 1-0 win in Madison back on Oct. 7, 2015.
“Even though the spring season dictates different agendas for everyone, that doesn’t remove the spice from an in-state rivalry,” Bennett said. “It might not have the potency of a regular season game, but there’s always going to be that big pride factor.”
Saturday’s kickoff between Golden Eagles and Badgers is set for 7 p.m. at Valley Fields.
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