Men's Soccer: Marquette 3, Loyola-Chicago 0

Coco Navarro had two assists vs Loyola, which pushed him into the team lead in helpers. - Sarah Arnold/MarquetteImages.com

Apparently the men's team took a page from booking a pro wrestling card.

When you're putting together a pay per view card, you want to give the crowd a chance to relax in between super exciting matches. That's why you'll often see WWE put a Divas title match in between Undertaker's match at WrestleMania and whatever the WWE Championship match is that year.

When Louisville scored twice against Marquette's women's team in the last 15 minutes of their match to force overtime, the men's match against Loyola-Chicago was delayed by the added drama. When Marquette won on a penalty kick in the second overtime session, the Marquette fans that stayed over for the men's game had to be straight tired out after the thrilling finish. So Marquette's men's team responded to their need for a respite with a 0-0 tie through the first 45 minutes. The Golden Eagles carried the advantage through the first half, outshooting the Ramblers 7-3 and carrying an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks as well.

With the crowd having a chance to recover from the women's match, Marquette turned it up in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Coco Navarro tapped one over to Louis Bennett II right at the top of the 18 yard box and LB2 one-timed it into the left bottom corner of the net, past a diving Tim Dobrowolski. Navarro took a crack at a goal of his own in the 65th minute, but a Loyola defender managed to get a diving boot on it. Unfortunately for that guy, all he did was play it towards his own net where C. Nortey was waiting to rifle it home for his third goal of the season.

Marquette tacked on a third goal in the 84th minute. Nick Parianos decided to get in on the scoring that his fellow freshmen had done so far this season, and tried to boot one in from the right side. Dobrowolski took his chances with coming out to defend Parianos, and ended up deflecting the shot high and out towards the top of the 18 yard box. It took one bounce and before it could land again, Adam Lysak swung on the ball, sending it towards the left post and into the net before Dobrowolski could get back into position.

MU keeper Charlie Lyon stayed busy, as all seven shots from Loyola were on frame. The junior stopped all seven of them for his third clean sheet of the season, all of which have come in MU's last five matches. Senior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka missed his sixth straight contest after being diagnosed with a concussion, although this one was the first since he was cleared to return to practice.

How about some highlight video, courtesy of the men's soccer Facebook page?


Up Next: It's time for Big East action! Marquette travels to Cincinnati to begin their rivalry on the pitch with Xavier (2-3-2) to open the conference schedule next Saturday night.

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