David Selvaggi scored twice in the second half and Marquette men's soccer picked up their third straight shutout win on Saturday night.
After a first half where Marquette outshot Drake 4-1 and forced Bulldog keeper Darrin MacLeod to make three saves to keep things scoreless, the Golden Eagle finally broke through in the 64th minute. Alex McBride fed C. Nortey out on the left side of the goal area, shifting MacLeod out to cover the angle. Nortey skimmed a pass to the middle for Selvaggi to clip it into a gaping net to give MU a 1-0 lead.
Selvaggi's second strike came courtesy of some passing from McBride and Nick Parianos. McBride crossed a ball into the middle as Coco Navarro headed to the net. The ball went behind Navarro, but right to Parianos, who shoved it ahead to his teammate. But Navarro was already sprawled on the ground, having been tackled from behind as the ball came towards him. It was a clear foul that eliminated an obvious scoring chance, giving Marquette a penalty kick that Selvaggi blasted into the upper left corner.
Keeper Charlie Lyon had to make just one save, coming in the 86th minute, to earn his third clean sheet of the season and the 23rd of his career. That leaves Lyon just five short of tying Jim Welch's all time shutouts record of 28, and gives Marquette a streak of over 328 minutes without allowing a goal.
Senior transfer Luis Trude made his Marquette debut in this match, playing all 90 minutes while replacing Louis Bennett II in the starting lineup. The native of Brazil and graduate of William Carey University recorded one shot in the match.
Highlights, courtesy of GoMarquette.com:
Up Next: MILWAUKEE CUP. On Wednesday night at Valley Fields, it's time to take the Milwaukee Cup back from UW-Milwaukee in the annual derby between the two crosstown rivals. The Panthers won last year's game over at Englemann Field, while the Golden Eagles were victorious two years ago when Sebastian Jansson scored a buzzer beater in the Valley.