Box Score Oct. 3, 2015
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VILLANOVA, Pa. - Cold and rain made for difficult playing conditions at the Higgins Soccer Complex and host Villanova took advantage in the comfort of its home pitch, scoring two unanswered goals and coming away with a 2-1 win to hand the Marquette University men's soccer team a disappointing setback Saturday, Oct. 3.
Redshirt senior C. Nortey scored his third goal of the season and second in as many games to give the Golden Eagles (3-4-2, 0-1-1) a lead in the 40th minute. As the first half wound to a close, the Wildcats (6-3-0, 1-1-0) took advantage of a corner kick and leveled the match with 40 seconds to go.
"We were disappointed," head coach Louis Bennett said. "After scoring the first goal and controlling a lot of the play, we gave up what's been our Achilles heel in another set piece goal where the guy got free and he put it in.
"We tried to make some adjustments in the second half, and I thought there were times where it looked like we might score, but I don't think we got that clear cut opportunity."
In the 78th minute, Villanova found its opportunity as Sean Sheridan snuck a blast inside the left post to give his team a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish. Sheridan finished with a goal and an assist in the win.
Marquette produced a flurry of chances in the final few minutes with freshman Toby Howell earning the best chance for the equalizer late, striking the crossbar with under a minute left in regulation.
"Once we let the dust settle from this I think we'll find out a way to put our best foot forward against Wisconsin, and when we're done with that, we'll roll up our sleeves up again and start picking apart our opponents and earning some league points," Bennett added.
The Golden Eagles will close out a four-game road trip in a battle at Wisconsin Wednesday, Oct. 7, before closing out the regular season with seven league games. Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 7 p.m. in Madison.
40' | MU | C. Nortey (Ruben Sanchez, John Pothast) | Nortey finishes a header inside the right post after a two head flicks by Pothast then Sanchez inside the 6-yard box. The play started with a short corner that was served in by Louis Bennett II.
45' | VU | Lucas Hodges (Sean Sheridan) | With 40 seconds remaining in the first half, Hodges levels the match with a header inside the left post off a corner kick service from Sheridan.
78' | VU | Sean Sheridan (Andreas Bartosinski) | Sheridan took a short pass and fired a blast from just inside the 18-yard box and inside the left post to break the 1-1 tie.
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
14' | MU | Kelmend Islami with the first shot on target for MU, low-driving blast that's fielded cleanly by VU keeper.
53' | VU | Sean Sheridan gets free in the box and attempts a bicycle kick inside the 6, but Luis Barraza is there to make the acrobatic save, pushing the shot over the bar.
59' | VU | Foul in the VU box leads to PK for VU's Sean Sheridan, which he clanks off the right post after getting Barraza leaning to his left. The game remain tied at that point.
90' | MU | Toby Howell squares up a shot from distance with under a minute to go in regulation, but it strikes the crossbar.
MARQUETTE - 1-Luis Barraza, 2-John Pothast, 3-Jack Alberts, 4-Toby Howell, 6-Martin Alba, 7-Kelmend Islami, 10-C. Nortey, 14-Jesper Larsson, 15-Ruben Sanchez, 17-Adam Hermsen, 19-Louis Bennett II
VILLANOVA - 1-Will Steiner, 2-Chris Bared, 3-Chris Hill, 6-Sean Sheridan, 7-Zach Zandi, 8-Max Kroschwitz, 9-Miguel Polley, 13-Erik McKenna, 17-Andreas Bartosinski, 19-Colton Bryant, 20-Padraic McCullaugh
COMING UP NEXT
LOCATION: Madison, Wisconsin
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 7
TIME: 7:00 PM CT