November 2, 2014
A WILD, WILD TIE
Hall men play No. 24 Marquette to 3-3 draw
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Senior Mateusz Brela scored the equalizer in the 74th minute as the Seton Hall men played No. 24 Marquette to a 3-3 draw at Owen T. Carroll Field Saturday night.
The Pirates remained a point back of the sixth-place Golden Eagles and were still in contention for the final spot in the Big East Tournament with one match remaining.
Sophomore Samuel Geiler (Offenberg, Germany) started the play on Brela's score with a free kick from just past midfield. After a scramble at the top of the box, the ball fell at Brela’s (Kielce, Poland) feet. The senior fired with his left food, with a shot that slid past a diving goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who watched the ball hit off the right post and roll into the back of the net for Brela’s third goal of the season.
The match lived up to its billing. Less than two minutes into the game, the Pirates capitalized on their first opportunity when senior Bolu Akinyode (Lagos, Nigeria) found a cutting Victor Manosalvas (Clifton, N.J.) along the left side. The senior dashed past a defender and moved to the left side of the box, before putting on a shot that went past a diving Lyon and off the far post for his team-leading sixth goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Golden Eagles cashed in on their first chance when David Selvaggi crossed in a free kick from the right side toward the far post. C. Nortey, who delivered the game-winner in Marquette’s 2-1 victory over The Hall last season, headed home a shot just inside of the near post to tie the game at 1-1 at 3:42.
In the 22nd minute, Marquette found another strong chance, with a corner from Selvaggi that landed under 10 yards from the net. With goalkeeper Julian Spindler at the goal line, Akinyode stepped in front of Marquette’s John Pothast and Nortey and booted the ball up into the air before it was cleared away.
Seconds later, the Pirates turned the tables when midfielder Sam Geiler forced a throw-in from 30 yards. Manosalvas threw the ball in and Akinyode took it from there following a scramble. Running toward the right edge of the box, Akinyode struck a shot that went far post and past a sprawling Lyon.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles put together two quick responses. Louis Bennett II and Luis Trude combined on a set piece as a free kick was sent into the box from the right side toward the far post. Pothast came up from the top of the box and headed in his first goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Bennett was the beneficiary of a pass from Nortey and drilled a shot from the right side toward the far post for the go-ahead goal.
Brela lifted Hall into a tie in the 74th minute.
The Pirates nearly scored the go-ahead goal in the match when Manosalvas sent in a corner from the right side. Redshirt sophomore Danny Bartok (Union, N.J.) went to head in a shot on target but Marquette defender Jake Taylor stood right in front of the goal line, booting the ball away.
Before the match, the Hall program honored Mario DeClerico (Maple Shade, N.J.), Konrad Plewa (Maniowy, Poland, Kai Greene (South Orange, N.J.), Andrew LoManto (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alex Megna (Hales Corners, Wis.), Jeremy Witherspoon (South Orange, N.J.), Brela, Akinyode, Manosalvas, Wellington, and Matthrews, who celebrated Senior Night in their final match at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Seton Hall plays at the St. John’s Red Storm Thursday. The Pirates will need at least a draw in a match that will have major Big East tournament implications.