The men’s soccer team ended its season with a 3-2 overtime loss at Marquette on Saturday evening.
The Hall’s first ever loss to Marquette left the Pirates with a 3-13-1 overall record and a 1-8 mark in Big East play.
The Hall lost eight games decided by one goal this season and were 0-3-1 in overtime games.
“It’s not an easy day at Seton Hall when you have a season that puts you at the bottom [of the Big East],” head coach Manny Schellscheidt said.
The Golden Eagles took the early advantage in the 10th minute.
Sophomore Ryan Robb passed to his classmate Chris Madsen who split two defenders on the dribble before shooting the ball past freshman goalkeeper Kevin Bonder from 12 yards out.
The Pirates responded just 30 seconds later, as senior Michael Dietze scored the equalizer after receiving a cross to the right corner of the box from junior Bradley Kerstetter before shooting inside the far post to tie the game 1-1.
Marquette went back on top in the 75th minute after capitalizing on a corner kick. Robb sent the ball from the far side into the box where it was headed in by freshman Eric Pothast.
On the ensuing kickoff, Seton Hall came back to level the match at 2-2. The Pirates drew a foul inside the Golden Eagle’s goal box, earning a penalty kick for Seton Hall.
Senior Brayan Martinez lined up for a penalty shot that was knocked down but not controlled by the goalkeeper and Martinez scored top shelf for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Both of Seton Hall’s goals came within a combined 44 seconds after Marquette’s.
“Brayan Martinez was unbelievable,” Schellscheidt said. “It was a benchmark game for him; it’s too bad it happened in his last game.”
Neither team could take advantage in regulation to earn the victory. Seven minutes into overtime the Pirates season ended in defeat.
A long diagonal pass was headed by senior Hector Navarro to a wide open freshman Bryan Ciesiulka who scored on the back post for the golden goal winner.
Seton Hall was outshot by Marquette 19-13 and edged 6-3 in corner kicks. Seton Hall’s in-conference record leaves them out of the Big East Championships for the first time since 2008.
“They left it on the field,” Schellscheidt said. “They came to play. We tried to play the type of soccer that’s fun to watch.”
The Pirates ended the season on an eight-game losing streak. During the losing streak the Pirates suffered many injuries.
“We were physically strong but over time, their bodies got battled,” Schellscheidt said. “Serious hits over time ended up becoming weak spots.”
Seton Hall will return 17 players for next season. “When one game ends the next one begins and that holds true for the next season,” Schellscheidt said.
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