The brand new “Cup Series” kits didn’t have magic in them.
The Milwaukee Panthers scored twice in the first half of a foul-laden game on Tuesday night to win by a final of 2-0 over Marquette. With the win, UWM regains control of the Milwaukee Cup for the first time since 2013 and prevents MU from establishing their longest possession of the Cup in the 45 year history of the rivalry. Also, Marquette falls to 1-6-1 on the season, which is also not great.
The first goal came in the 18th minute on a perfectly slid ball from Nick Moon. He was out in front of everyone on the left wing, and put it out in front of the net. Reid Stevenson was the leader of the pack as the Golden Eagle defense raced back into position, and a sweet sliding touch sent the ball past keeper Luis Barraza.
After the first of six yellow cards in the match was issued in the 30th minute, Moon got a chance to score. His second goal of the season came in the 39th minute off an unfortunate header by MU’s Patrick Seagrist. The sophomore made the right play, leaping into the air to put a head on a long service by UWM. Unfortunately for him, he created an angle where he pushed the ball straight down instead of away from the net, and Moon was right where Seagrist pushed the ball. Moon timed up his kick and sent a side action volley into the right corner of the net, past a sprawling Barraza.
Marquette made something of a push in the second half to tie the game, outshooting UWM, 8-6. However, 20 total fouls (bringing the game total to 35) and five yellow cards disrupted play repeatedly in the second session and MU struggled to create a steady pace to claw their way back into the game. Barraza did his part in the second half, making four saves to keep Milwaukee within sight, but UWM’s Freddy Lorenzen matched him, making five of his six saves after halftime to preserve his clean sheet.
Here’s a highlight package, such as it is, courtesy of Spectrum Sports and MKEPanthers.com:
Up Next: Well, sports fans, believe it or not, but things get worse for Marquette from here. On Saturday, they’ll be in Washington, D.C., to tangle with Georgetown. The Hoyas are 6-1-1 on the season and ranked #14 in the country.