Notre Dame Men’s Soccer Defeats Marquette

The Notre Dame men’s soccer team has defeated Marquette 2-1 in the quarter finals of the Big East Tournament. The game was played saturday night at Notre Dame’s Alumni Field. The 12th Ranked Irish Defeated Marquette behind goals from Jeb Brovsky and Grant Van De Casteele (Pictured).

Brovsky scored in the 8th minute after Marquette keeper David Check rushed off his line to punch a Brandon King free kick. Check missed and Brovsky headed the ball over a Marquette player on the line and into the far corner. Notre Dame continued to press and played much of the first half in Marquette’s end. It was clear that while Marquette was putting in the effort to win the game, they were at as skilled across their team as Notre Dame. Marquette was relying on two or three flare players to generate their attempts on goal. The first half was very chippy, with lots of physical play and fouls conceded by both teams.

The chippiness continued into the second half and allowed Marquette to equalize through Bryan Ciesiulka who was set up by the impressive Hector Navarro. Notre Dame struggled after conceding as Marquette’s physical play seemed to overwhelm them, but slowly the Irish regained a foothold on the match.

Van De Casteele scored in the 66th minute off of a Brandon King corner kick. Check was called onto keep Marquette in the game and made several great saves as the Irish threatened to run away with the game. The Irish outshot the Golden Eagles 25-11.

Next the #12 Irish will take on #1 Louisville friday night in East Rutherford New Jersey. In the Big East Semi Finals.

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