Men's soccer opened their season as the first half of doubleheader at Valley Fields against crosstown rival University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. The first 89 minutes of the match were a bit rough for Marquette fans hoping to see the Golden Eagles wrest the Milwaukee Cup back from the Panthers who had won the contest the previous two years.
After a scoreless first half, Cody Banks put UWM on the board five minutes into the second. Marquette answered ten minutes later when Bryan Ciesiulka scored on a penalty kick awarded after a foul occurred in the box after a MU corner kick. During the 70th minute the Panther's Declan Rodriguez fired a laser past Charlie Lyon, but once again about ten minutes later, Adam Lysak tied the score to keep Marquette in it.
As the clock wound down, the Golden Eagles had possession of the ball. With six seconds left in regulation, UWM goalkeeper John Shakon deflected a kick from near the sidelines (or it went off the 6'7" Axel Sjoberg's head), but Eric Pothast returned it back towards the net allowing Sebastian Jansson to get the ball off his foot and into the goal with nanoseconds to spare.
Are there buzzer beaters in soccer? I have not cheered that loud since Katie Young's buzzer beater (for the new readers see below and start getting excited for women's basketball).
Whereas the men's game was a little slow followed by steady back and forth culminating in the ultimate adrenaline rush, the women's match against UWM was an exercise in dominance. Less than 10 minutes in, Rachael Sloan scored the Eagles' first goal in a one on one face down with UWM's goalkeeper Jamie Forbes. The lead jumped to 2-0 after the ball seemed to wander past Forbes out of a group of Marquette players including Maegan Kelly (originally credited with the goal) and Kate Reigle (eventually officially credited). Goals in the second half by Cara Jacobsen and Ally Miller in the second half snuffed out any comeback attempt by UWM.
The Panthers tried to rally in the second half, but did not get a single shot on goal during the entire game. Sophie Schunk once again got a shutout without having to make a save.