Lukas Sunesson scored first and Lukas Sunesson scored last as Marquette men’s soccer played their first game since February 20th on Saturday and beat DePaul 3-1. MU is now 4-1-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in Big East action.
The Swedish junior got Marquette going in the right direction pretty early on, connecting on this pretty near post goal in the 10th minute at Wish Field to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0.
Alas, the lead did not last long, as DePaul’s Matthew Brickman was credited with an equalizer in the 21st minute. It appears that the ball deflected in off of MU defender Jonathan Robinson, but Brickman got the two points with an assist to Jake Fuderer. DePaul scoring a goal does fit the motif of the first half, as the Blue Demons outshot Marquette 9-3 in the first half.
The two teams remained deadlocked at halftime, and the shots weren’t coming together for the Golden Eagles. They went past the 70 minute mark before recording their first shot of the second half, which isn’t exactly confidence boosting.
That changed thanks to Beto Soto in the 72nd minute.
!— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) March 6, 2021
Freshman striker Beto Soto (@betosoto_01) fires an absolute missile off a free kick to put the Golden Eagles back on top!
That's Soto's second goal of the season #WeAreMarquette | #MarquetteSoccer pic.twitter.com/VzV1Lw538h
Perfectly placed and perfectly lofted from the freshman from Houston, and MU took a 2-1 lead with less than 20 minutes to play. Weirdly, MU was able to push their advantage past that point. MU would end up with six shots in the second half, with all of them coming in the final 20 minutes and four of them coming after Soto’s marker.
One of them, as you’ve probably already guessed, was Sunesson’s second of the game in the 85th minute.
DePaul’s Drew Nuelle makes the initial point blank save on Sunesson’s first shot, but the ball bounds away from him and the Swede pounces on it before Nuelle can recover.
3-1, and MU was just counting down the minutes after the insurance goal.
How about a full highlight package, courtesy of DePaulBlueDemons.com and GoMarquette.com?
Up Next: Another road match is on deck for the Golden Eagles. They’ll be in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon to take on Butler. The Bulldogs are 1-4-0 this season after being the preseason pick to win the Midwest Division. With that said, their one win is in league play, and they beat this same DePaul squad 5-0 in their most recent contest.