Andy Huftalin (seen here last year against Notre Dame) got a game winning goal for his first goal of the season. (via Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com)
Marquette traveled to Iowa yesterday afternoon for a match against Drake and came away with a 2-0 win. Andy Huftalin scored just after halftime to give MU the advantage after DJ Schillinger and Adam Lysak created an opening for Huftalin with their ball movement. This was Schillinger's Marquette debut and had entered the game late in the first half when Eric Pothast needed to head off to get stitches to close a cut on his face. Pothast would eventually return.
Marquette picked up their second goal of the match at the 71 minute mark when Bryan Ciesiulka converted his second penalty kick for a goal on the season. MU was awarded the penalty after Sebastian Jansson was blatantly tripped as he went past a defender inside the 18 yard box.
Drake had chances to score, but Charlie Lyon made four saves to preserve his third straight shutout. Lyon might not have had the most important save of the match, though. 6'7" defender Axel Sjoberg poked a ball away from the net late in the first half after Lyon was caught away from the play. If not for Sjoberg, Drake would have gone into halftime with a 1-0 lead instead of the 0-0 tie that Huftalin ended up breaking.
This recap would be remiss without giving a shout out to WMUR's Matt Trebby for the solo call on the streaming feed. I'm by no means a soccer expert and I know even less about soccer broadcasting, but I enjoyed his call. It may have been the least interesting sports broadcast I've ever listened to, but that has more to do with Drake's enclosed and air conditioned press box cutting off crowd and game noise than anything else.
Up Next: MU returns to the Valley to face off with Western Illinois at 7pm.
Hit the jump for highlights and interviews with Coach Bennett & Charlie Lyon!