Bearcats Fall at No. 10/7 Marquette in First Round of BIG EAST Championship
Senior Matt Bahner

Oct. 31, 2012

Box Score

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team fell to No. 10/7 Marquette, 3-0, in a BIG EAST Championship first-round match on Wednesday night at Valley Fields.

UC (6-9-4), seeded No. 5 out of the BIG EAST Red Division, was making its sixth appearance in the BIG EAST Championship in eight seasons as a member of the league.

No. 4 seed out of the Blue Division, Marquette (15-2-1) scored twice in the first half and didn't look back in staying unbeaten at home this season.

Axel Sjoberg got the Golden Eagles on the board first in the 21st minute, heading home a service from Paul Dillon.

Marquette added to its lead in the 42nd minute when Kelmend Islami volleyed a shot past Taylor Hafling for his second goal of the year.

MU was the aggressor in the first half, posting eight shots to UC's three and nine corner kicks to one for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats pushed forward in the second half looking to get back into it, but the Golden Eagles put the match away in the 82nd minute when Andy Huftalin scored his 10th goal of the year.

"We had a very slow start and that led to Marquette creating chances off restarts which led to the first goal," said head coach Hylton Dayes. "We settled down a bit after the first goal, but allowed the second just before halftime."

The Bearcats were outshot, 15-12, but forced MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon to make six saves.

"Overall, it was a disappointing way to end the season," Dayes continued. "On behald of the coaching staff, I want to thank our seniors for their efforts all season. They were instrumental in getting us back to the BIG EAST Tournament."

Marquette advances to the quarterfinals and will face Louisville, the Red Division champion, on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Louisville, Ky.