Men's Soccer: #10/#12 Marquette 3, UW-Green Bay 3

Kelmend Islami tallied an assist on MU's first goal. - MarquetteImages.com

This did not go well.

After a disappointing loss to UWM on Friday night, Marquette men's soccer looked to bounce back against UW-Green Bay. Unfortunately, they had to try to do it without star midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka, as he has been diagnosed with a concussion. I don't claim to be able to understand what Ciesiulka's positional responsibilities are on the field, but there's no way MU's defense would have been worse without him. It seemed that UWGB was able to move the ball through the midfield with relative ease throughout the game.

The Phoenix didn't even need to get the ball close on their first goal, as Sebastian Xiong lined a shot from about 25 yards out to just inside the post to get it to ricochet in. MU keeper Charlie Lyon never had a chance to even think about leaping for it. Green Bay maintained control of the match for the most part until Marquette started digging into their bench. In the 43rd minute, freshman Jake Taylor made a hard charge up the left side and drew a penalty kick when he tried to cut back inside. Unfortunately, GB keeper Kyle Ihn read the Axel Sjoberg attempt perfectly and made the save. Fortunately, BALL DON'T LIE rules applied in this game, and Taylor was able to get the scoring chance he was denied. Ihn couldn't control a Kelmend Islami shot off of a Louis Bennett II corner kick, and Taylor rapped the bounding ball home to level the match in the 45th minute.

Green Bay must have gotten the better half time talk, as they retook the lead in the 47th minute when Lawrence Talery split two defenders and found space past Lyon. Having been left on after halftime, Taylor took an opportunity on a bending LB2 corner and rammed a header past Ihn to provide the second equalizer for the match. In the 66th minute Coco Navarro remembered he's supposed to be the freshman known for his scoring touch and put a perfect boot onto a Paul Dillon cross from 8 yards out and MU had their first lead of the season.

The lead was shortlived, though. In the 85th minute, the Phoenix took a short start to a free kick in their final third and eventually wound it out in front of Lyon where Xiong was able to turn and beat Lyon to the far post to tie things up and send it to extra time. Neither team had an outstanding chance in the rain soaked first overtime period, and the second overtime was delayed 41 minutes by lightning, even though the rain had already mostly stopped in the Valley. Sjoberg had a header go just off the post and away in the 103rd minute, and a last second GB chance went just high over the crossbar to end things in a draw.

Marquette comes away from a weekend in the Horizon League with a 0-1-1 record, while the Phoenix are 1-0-1 after playing two matches against Big East foes.

Up Next: Marquette will play two matches in the Milwaukee Panther Invitational this weekend, although, as you can probably guess, neither will be against UWM. First up is Bowling Green, which will be over at Engelmann Field at 5pm on Friday night. Bowling Green opens their season tonight against #14 Michigan, as I refuse to acknowledge a match against D2 Malone as a regular season contest.

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