Marquette Soccer Standouts Voted Among Nation's Elite

C. Nortey enters his final season for the Blue & Gold as the active leader in career goals (26) and points (58).
July 9, 2015

Official TopDrawerSoccer Release

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Marquette University men’s soccer was well represented in a recent poll conducted by that surveyed coaches from across the country to determine the top NCAA Division I players at each position heading into the 2015 season.

Redshirt junior defender John Pothast, junior midfielder Louis Bennett II and redshirt senior forward C. Nortey were among the top players polled at their respective positions.

The results were anonymous as every coach surveyed was asked a series of six questions regarding the nation’s best defender, midfielder, forward, goalkeeper, overall player and their pick for breakout performer of the year.

Pothast, who helped anchor one of the BIG EAST’s top defenses, played every minute of every game in 2014 alongside center back and the 14th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Axel Sjoberg. The Lake Zurich, Illinois native, who was mentioned with the top defenders in the nation, registered a goal, an assist and six shots on goal a year ago.

The poll revealed Joshua Yaro as the nation’s best defender. The junior from BIG EAST Conference foe Georgetown received nearly all the votes. The Golden Eagles and Hoyas will go head-to-head Oct. 14, in Washington, D.C.

Bennett II, a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, has totaled 27 points on eight goals and 11 assists in his first two seasons as a Golden Eagle and was listed among the top midfielders in college soccer. The Shorewood, Wisconsin native is poised for a breakout season after totaling four goals and six assists for 14 points in 2014.



Although the votes were spread out, Patrick Hodan of Notre Dame who totaled nine goals and three assists last season earned the most votes. It will be an exciting match-up between Hodan and Bennett II as the Irish and Golden Eagles are set to meet for a non-conference clash in South Bend on Sept. 29.

Nortey was listed among the nation’s top forwards and for good reason. The Accra, Ghana native is the Marquette active career-leader in goals (26), including game-winning goals (8), and career points (58). He was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2014 after totaling seven goals and two assists to lead MU.

Jordan Morris of Stanford, who has already seen time with the US National Team was voted on as the nation’s best forward. Fabian Herbers of Creighton and Brandon Allen of Georgetown also received votes in the poll.

Marquette will open the 2015 campaign in just 50 days with a non-conference road match-up against Oregon State set for Aug. 28. 

Link: Complete 2015 Schedule


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