Senior Kelmend Islami registered 3 shots, including 2 on net in his first game since 2013.

Men's Soccer

Marquette Soccer Falls to Oregon State in Overtime, 1-0

Box Score Aug. 28, 2015

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Marquette University men's soccer team opened the 2015 campaign with a disappointing setback to host Oregon State, falling 1-0 in overtime after an impressive strike by Mikhail Doholis in the 97th minute at Paul Lorenz Field, Friday, Aug. 28.

Marquette freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza was challenged often in his collegiate debut, facing 21 shots and making eight saves in a loss. He nearly got a hand on the deciding shot, but it sailed over his outstretched hands and ricocheted off the left 90 and into the right side netting for the score.

The Beavers came into the season opener receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll and showed that they still have enough fire power after losing Khiry Shelton, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

It was a physical match as both teams each registered 16 fouls and three yellow cards. MU's Jack Alberts collected two yellows, which constituted in an ejection in the 84th minute and put the Golden Eagles a man down for the remainder of the match. Earlier, Danny Jarosz was forced to leave the match with an injury that forced head coach Louis Bennett to adjust personnel and formations on the fly.

The Golden Eagles earned scoring chances at the end of regulation and into overtime, but were unable to convert before OSU and Doholis provided the final strike.

Marquette will look to rebound quickly as it heads north to complete its two-match West Coast swing against Portland on Sunday. Start time is set for 3 p.m. Central time.

Match Highlights: Marquette 0-1 Oregon State - Aug. 28, 2015
Match Highlights: Marquette 0-1 Oregon State - Aug. 28, 2015

Check out match highlights from our season opener at Oregon State. GK Luis Barraza made 8 saves in his MU debut. #MarquetteSoccer

Posted by Marquette University Men's Soccer on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Posted by Marquette University Men's Soccer on Tuesday, September 1, 2015


97' | OSU Mikhail Doholis (Unassisted): Shot from about 18 yards ricocheted off the left 90 over the outstretched hand of Barraza and caroms into the right side netting for the game-winner.


10' | MU - Luis Barraza makes an aggressive play, coming out of his net and near the top of the 18 to punch away an OSU header for his first save of the match.

16' | MU - Kelmend Islami puts a shot on net that the OSU keeper had slip out of his hands 10 yards in front of the net. Daniel Szczepanek had an opportunity but his shot was blocked away.

31' | MU - Louis Bennett II volleys a bouncing pass and rockets it over the crossbar for MU's best chance of the match to this point.

46' | MU - Matin Alba cracks a laser toward the left post, but it goes just wide for the first scoring chance of the second half.

57' | MU - Spectacular diving save for Barraza as OSU's Velasco blasts a dart and tries to go inside the left post. Still no score in Corvallis.

64' | OSU - The Beavers string together three solid chances inside the box, but is able to put only one on net that Barraza saves to keep the game scoreless.

79' | MU - Alba with a prime scoring chance tries to go across goal and curl inside the left post, but it goes just wide.

84' | MU - Jack Alberts earns his second yellow card after an inadvertent high leg challenge that struck and OSU player, leaving MU a man down the rest of the way.

94' | MU - Best chance(s) of the match for MU as Nortey's cross nearly connects for a Larsson header, but his miss leaves it at the foot of Islami, whose shot is then saved by an OSU defender.


MARQUETTE - 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 5-Jarosz, 6-Alba, 7-Islami, 8-Szczepanek, 10-Nortey, 12-McBride, 17-Hermsen, 19-Bennett II, 20-Taylor.

OREGON STATE - 1-Wirth, 2-Tweeton, 4-Markey, 6-van Berkom, 8-Smith, 9-Mueller, 10-Doholis, 11-Small, 12-Jones, 20-Arbogast, 23-Striar.


Head coach Louis Bennett summarizing each half: I thought in the first half we could have made more of the possession that we had in the attacking third, but overall, I thought going in 0-0 was probably a fair result.

In the second half, I thought they started to get tired as we started moving the ball. I thought we had great possession of the ball. They're a hard team to break down because they leave a lot of players back and they've got this tight block.

Head coach Louis Bennett on the adversity his team faced due to field conditions and injuries:
The challenges that the field gave us were probably as instrumental in hindering our ability to flow as was their defensive block. And obviously, going a man down changed the face of things. We had to change formations. We had to play with just two wide forwards and let our midfield do extra. And then losing Danny Jarosz (to injury), our centerback, we had to make some tactical changes. And at that point, I still thought we had a chance to win. That was a great sign for us.

Head coach Louis Bennett on the overtime session: We had some great chances. In fact, probably the two best chances in the game. Jesper Larsson just missed a header on the near post and then Kelmend (Islami) got some of it, but not all of it, back across and the goalie made a fantastic save. We jumped out of our seats. We thought we had won the game, which would have been a walk-off goal.

Head coach Louis Bennett on moving past the loss: File it, lick our wounds, and start preparing for the next game. You have to have a short memory in college soccer. Win, lose or tie, you have to have a short memory. Unfortunately, we've picked up some injuries and we have to play some guys out of position, so we've got our work cut out in trying to find the right people in the right places.


OPPONENT: Portland
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
DATE: Sunday, August 30
TIME: 3:00 PM CT

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