March 26, 2013
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University men's soccer team faced its first outside competition of the spring season this past weekend, hosting University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Loyola University at Valley Fields.
Coach Louis Bennett spoke about his defensive unit that held its two opponents to a combined one goal this past Saturday, "We return a starting back line plus two experienced guys, I think we are comfortable with any six guys being able to play back there. We're looking at a pretty good unit and that gives us a real fundamental base for keeping the ball out of the back of the net".
The Golden Eagles in game one of their double header on Saturday tied the Rangers of UW-Parkside 1-1. Junior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka notched Marquette's lone goal in the 75th minute. Saturday's action against UW-Parkside also featured Dennis Holowaty's return to the field after an abdominal injury sidelined him during the fall campaign. The redshirt sophomore Holowaty was very active and played well against the Rangers.
Coach Bennett spoke of Holowaty's return to action, "At least Dennis came back as good as when he got hurt, but probably he was better".
The Golden Eagles recorded a 2-0 shoutout against the Ramblers of Loyola University in their final action of the day. Marquette jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. After a corner kick, redshirt junior Andrew Krynski opened the scoring for Marquette in the 15th minute and was the beneficiary of a header in the box from Axel Sjoberg. The second goal of the game came in the 22nd minute on an own goal by a Loyola defender. On a set piece, Marquette blasted the ball into the box and saw a member of the Loyola defense inadvertently head the ball past his own goalkeeper.
Saturday's spring action was very beneficial for the Golden Eagles. Coach Bennett and the rest of the staff were able to see a multitude of different combinations of players and were able to evaluate which lineups may be the most effective going forward.
Coach Louis Bennett remarked about the importance of spring action, "We want to see who is ready, who might be ready, and who might need more work. We look at individuals and the team."
Marquette continues its spring campaign Saturday, April. 6, when it heads south to take on a pair of teams in the St. Louis area. The Golden Eagles will take on the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars at 10 a.m CT and then will proceed to travel west to take on the St. Louis University Billikens at 6 p.m. CT.