The two teams played to a near perfect standstill in the opening 45 minutes. No goals were scored, both teams had seven shots, and both keepers had two saves. The only variance was Marquette having a 2-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Some snazzy dribbling by Adam Lysak turned into a give-and-go opportunity with C. Nortey and Lysak sent a low liner past Bowling Green's Michael Wiest to give MU a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Louis Bennett II grew up running around on the pitch at Engelmann Stadium, so it was the perfect place for him to come up with his first collegiate goal. In the 69th minute, Sebastian Jansson found the younger Bennett at the top of the 18 yard box where Bennett used his second touch to rifle a left footed shot into the top left corner of the net. Nortey got back into the offensive action in the 81st minute when he put his head on Paul Dillon's service towards the right post and sent the ball towards the net. Wiest was unable to control it cleanly and the ball went off the post and in the net for MU's third goal of the game.
As dynamic as the offense was in the second half, head coach Louis Bennett was pleased with how his defenders played on the other end. "Credit goes to Charlie Lyon, Axel Sjoberg, Eric Pothast and Brady Wahl," said the elder Bennett. "They did a very nice job in the back, organizing and keeping what could potentially be a very explosive offense at bay." It's good to see Wahl rounding into form for the Golden Eagles. The junior transfer was one of the best players in the country last season with Ohio State according to Top Drawer Soccer, so his growing comfort with MU's system could mean good things going forward.
Lyon made five saves to record his first clean sheet of the season. Senior Andrew Krynski came on for Marquette in the 85th minute for his first action since his freshman year in 2009. Krynski made 14 appearances that season with eight starts, but injuries have kept him off the pitch since then. Senior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka missed his second straight game with a concussion.
Hey, how about some highlight video?
Up Next: Marquette returns to the Valley to play their second match of the Panther Invitational. A game at Marquette's facility as part of UWM's event? Well, okay then. Drake provides the opposition on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. The Bulldogs played UWM to a 1-1 tie on Friday night.