Menomonee Falls was going to need to get plenty of breaks to pull off the upset and defeat Marquette.
However, they didn’t get any breaks against the Hilltoppers.
Patrick Hodan, who has accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Notre Dame, scored two first-half goals to lead Marquette to a 2-0 victory over the Indians in a boys soccer game Tuesday night at .
The Hilltoppers improved their record to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Greater Metro Conference. Falls dropped to 10-3-1 and 2-2.
The highlight of the night for the Indians occurred in the 54th minute. They got off two booming shots, one went to the left of the goal and the other went just over the net. Overall, however, it was a frustrating evening offensively for Falls.
In retrospect, Falls should have been more aggressive, Head Coach Scott Stein said.
“They’re a really good team, they have a lot of firepower,” Stein said. “We changed our formation in the first half, we wanted to be more defensive-minded. If we had to do it over again, we would have played more like our style.”
Marquette kept Falls bottled up throughout the first half and scored in the 22nd minute when Hodan pushed a shot past goalkeeper Cole Morris. Hodan scored again in the 31st minute.
“We played with high intensity tonight,” Marquette coach Steve Lawrence said. “We thought the field was a little shorter than normal and we could cover ground quicker. So our focus was to get them into tight spaces and force them to try to make plays and get the turnovers. I think our defense executed that well tonight.”
Although the Indians struggled against the Hilltoppers, overall it has been a solid season so far. Stein said the highlight of the season happened two weeks ago when they defeated both Brookfield Central and Kettle Moraine by 2-1 scores. The Indians got second-half goals from Nick Burgoyne and Connor Young to beat Central. They rallied again to beat Kettle Moraine, getting a second-half goal by Greg Duckert followed by an overtime score by Young.
Falls suffered a setback against Marquette, but Stein is confident that his team will bounce back. They will get that chance Thursday against Nicolet.
“Hopefully, we will learn from this game and get better,” Stein said.