No. 5 Marquette clinches spot in Big East Championship with 2-0 win
MILWAUKEE -- A pair of second-half goals lifted the No. 5 Marquette to a 2-0 victory against Seton Hall at Valley Fields on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, MU clinches a spot in the Big East Championship for the fourth consecutive season with two regular-season matches left on the ledger.
Senior forward Anthony Selvaggi and junior defensive midfielder Eric Pothast found the back of the net for the Golden Eagles (14-1-0, 5-1-0 Big East) while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was credited with his ninth shutout of the season. The loss dropped Seton Hall to 6-9-0 overall with a 2-4-0 record in league matches.
A brilliant save by Lyon in the 49th minute kept the match level at 0-0 as Lyon left his line to deflect a shot by Seton Hall's John Gurel from just inside of left corner of box. Lyon is now just one clean sheet away from matching the MU single-season shutout record set in 1994.
Marquette finally opened the scoring when sophomore forward Sebastian Jannson played it back to teammate Paul Dillon on the left channel with a quick 1-2 combination near the endline. Dillon sent a low cross to the top of the six-yard box where Selvaggi was waiting to volley it past the Seton Hall goalkeeper to make it 1-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles at the 53:55 mark.
Selvaggi, whose second goal of the season was Marquette's first shot on target of the match, helped make it 2-0 in the 68th minute when he played a ball into the box that Pothast headed off the keeper. Pothast got his own rebound and sent his second shot inside the right corner of the net from point-blank range.
Defending division champion Marquette is undefeated in its nine home matches this season and remained atop the Blue Division standings now with 15 points in league play.