September 16, 2012
Sjoberg scores again for Marquette
EAST LANSING, Mich. – For the second time in as many games it was redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg who netted to game-winning goal, lifting Marquette University to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Michigan State at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (7-0-0) earned a corner kick and junior Bryan Ciesiulka served it in from the left side and found Sjoberg, who headed home the golden goal in the 108th minute.
It was the first overtime match of the season for MU, which has now won its last eight regular-season matches going back to last season, in addition to three straight road wins to open the 2012 campaign.
Sjoberg was also the hero in Marquette’s previous game when he scored twice in the second half to help the Golden Eagles knock off Michigan at Valley Fields in the opening game of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge on Friday night.
Marquette went on the attack early against the Spartans (2-5-1), holding a 7-0 shot advantage 25 minutes into the match, which included a couple of quality chances both in the run of play and off corner kicks.
MU finally broke through in the 42nd minute to take a 1-0 lead going into halftime. Junior Paul Dillon served it into the box from the left channel and found senior Andy Huftalin on the near post. Huftalin’s header was sent across the goal and inside the right post, past Michigan State goalkeeper Bryce Dobbins.
Adam Montague equalized for Michigan State in the 63rd minute to level the match at 1-1. Montague beat a pair of Marquette defenders following a failed clearance by the Golden Eagles’ backline and ripped a shot past Lyon top shelf.
Marquette had appeared to have some trouble organizing defensively in the second half, but a straight red card was given to Michigan State’s Blake Skamiera in the 73trd minute that changed the complexion of the game.
Skamiera was sent off after he stepped on Dillon in front of the MU bench.
Marquette returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 for its Big EastConference opener against DePaul at 7:05 p.m. Central time.