Boys soccer: Marquette advances to LaVille Regional final
By Steve Lowe Post-Tribune correspondent October 11, 2012 11:50PM
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:41AM
LAKEVILLE — The score on the Newton Park scoreboard Thursday evening was not indicative of the play on the field.
Marquette controlled the play for much of its Class A regional semifinal match with Boone Grove, and held off the Wolves for a 2-1 victory. The Blazers (16-3) advanced to Saturday’s championship match thanks to the strong play of Patrick Cannon and William Connelly, who scored a goal and assisted on the other.
“We wanted to isolate their outside backs against our winger, William Connelly,” said Blazers coach Matthew Fletcher. “All credit goes to William for having another fantastic game. We’ve really started to rely on his special skills as far as his athleticism and his technical ability.”
Boone Grove played without head coach Brian Sherwin, who missed the game due to family matters, according to assistant coach Marco Perez.
Marquette controlled play in the first half, scoring twice and hitting the crossbar once. Patrick Cannon got the scoring started for the Blazers, netting his 11th goal of the season two minutes into the game off a feed from William Connelly.
Boone Grove tied it in the fifth minute on a 25-foot bomb from Jake Wright that snuck in just under the crossbar.
“We told the team that if we wanted to score, we had to shoot from the outside,” Perez said.
Marquette regained the lead in the 35th minute when Connelly headed in a corner kick from Jack Disser to make it 2-1. The Blazers finished the first half with seven corners and most of the quality chances, including another shot from Cannon that hit the crossbar in the 23rd minute.
Despite Marquette’s offensive advantage, they managed just the two goals and were content to play keep away for much of the second half.
“It’s a very tough proposition when you have to defend in your half of the field for the entire game,” Fletcher said.