Box Score Sept. 11, 2015
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four matches after Jake Taylor scored the long goal in the 85th minute and Luis Barraza made five saves to preserve his first career clean sheet in a 1-0 win over visiting Nebraska-Omaha at Valley Fields, Friday evening, Sept. 11.
Taylor's opportunistic goal came following a failed attempt by the Omaha keeper Joseph Ghitis to intercept a header by redshirt junior John Pothast, which was ticketed for the back post. The ball found Taylor's feet and he deposited his lone shot of the contest into the empty net for his first goal of the season and fourth of his career.
Omaha (4-1-0), which entered the match ranked No. 22 according to Top Drawer Soccer and receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 poll, fell for the first time this season in its first game away from home. The Mavericks outshot the Golden Eagles, 12-9, in the match, with five shots landing on target, but the freshman Barraza was up to the task.
The Santa Teresa, N.M. native earned every bit of his first career shutout with five saves, including three in the second half and one in the final minute of play. A header by Lalo Gamboa in the 89th minute was directed to the left post, but Barraza swooped in and made a diving save to spell Omaha's last chance to tie the match.
The Golden Eagle backline continued to grow as a unit in front of Barraza and did so in what was a very physical match as both teams combined for 28 fouls with 16 credited to the Mavericks to go along with two yellow cards.
David Selvaggi led Marquette (3-1-1) with three shots, including one on target, while Louis Bennett II and Taylor also put one shot on goal. The Golden Eagles' lone loss of the campaign remains to be the season opening 1-0 overtime defeat to now-12th-ranked Oregon State.
Marquette honored head coach Louis Bennett prior to the game for his 200th career coaching victory, accomplished in the team's previous win against Dayton on Monday. The color guard and a moment of silence were also on display in memory of the tragic events of 9/11 that occurred 14 years ago.
Marquette will welcome Northern Illinois to Valley Fields, Friday, Sept. 18 to wrap up a three-game home stand. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.
85' | MU | Jake Taylor (John Pothast, Louis Bennett II) | Jake Taylor connected on his first goal of the season and fourth of his career when the Omaha keeper came out to make a play and missed on John Pothast's header to the back post. The ball found Taylor's feet and he did the rest by putting away the shot into an empty net. (Video of the goal)
KEY SAVES AND PLAYS
4' | ONU | Emir Alihodzic with the first shot of the game, puts it on target, but Barraza pushes it over the crossbar.
20' | ONU | Shot by Felipe Alihodzic, free kick gets through Marquette wall, but Barraza there to make diving save to his left.
21' | MU | David Selvaggi gets MU's first shot on target, but Omaha's Ghitis there to make leaping save. Score remains 0-0.
45' | MU | Louis Bennett II with the best chance of the match to this point for MU, taking a headed ball from Alex McBride and sending a blast toward the left upper 90, but right into the arms of ONU keeper Ghitis.
89' | ONU | Lalo Gamboa with a header, aiming for left inside post, and Luis Barraza makes a diving save to his right to preserve the shutout.
MARQUETTE - 1-Barraza, 2-Pothast, 3-Alberts, 6-Alba, 7-Islami, 9-Selvaggi, 10-Nortey, 12-McBride, 15-Sanchez, 17-Hermsen, 19-Bennett II
OMAHA - 4-Ghitis, 2-Jake McCain, 5-Jaime, 6-da Silva, 7-E. Alihodzic, 10-F. Alihodzic, 12-Mendez, 13-Gamboa, 15-Woods, 16-Moulton, 19-Irvin
COMING UP NEXT
OPPONENT: Northern Illinois
LOCATION: Valley Fields
DATE: Friday, Sept. 18
TIME: 7:05 PM CT