Men’s soccer treks north to Milwaukee

By Abraham Murguia

Men’s soccer (2-3-2) will be back on the road as it takes on the Milwaukee Panthers (3-4-0) 7 p.m. today in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Panthers are on a three-game losing streak, with those losses coming against then-ranked teams. They were most recently defeated by the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-2-0), who claimed the Milwaukee Cup with a score of 2-0.

The Huskies were also most recently defeated by Marquette with the same 2-0 score. Against the Panthers, the Golden Eagles were able to get the 2-0 lead in the first half; against the Huskies, the Eagles’ goals came consecutively in the range of one minute in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Huskies have scored seven goals in their last seven games while the Panthers have scored six. The Panthers have been scored on 11 times while the Huskies have been scored on nine times.

“Milwaukee is a good team, but not a team that I think we can’t beat,” said head coach Eric Luzzi. “I expect us to have the ball a lot more and create a lot of chances. We are used to having one day of rest on weekend games; this time we have two days of rest, so that should be a bit of help. Milwaukee didn’t have a [weekend game] so they will have about a whole week of rest. But yeah, that’s college soccer, so there’s nothing we can do about. There’s no excuses. We have to go out there, play with energy and get results, then go take away the [LeWang Trophy] that they’ve had for two years and go get it back.”

The Huskies are not timid of playing games with little rest in between, as this will be their first mid-week game of the season. The Huskies usually play on a Friday and a Sunday and then are off until Friday, but this week they played Saturday and will play again today.

“It’s difficult, but we knew it was coming; it is what we have been working for,” said senior winger Isaac Kannah. “We train well and as long as we keep our bodies healthy, the quick turnaround of playing games close to each other is much easier. The second the Marquette game ended we put all of our attention for the game against Milwaukee.”