Senior defenseman Alex Mirsberger etched his name in the Milwaukee Cup history book on Tuesday night as the Marquette men’s soccer team beat rivals University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 5-2 at Valley Fields .
Tuesday night’s match marked the 48th all-time meeting between the two teams and the first time since 2019.
With this victory, the Golden Eagles won the cup for the first time since 2014.
“I’ve been in this (Milwaukee Cup) for maybe 28 years and winning it is definitely satisfying,” said Louis Bennett, Marquette men’s soccer team.
Prior to joining the Golden Eagles in 2005, Bennett was on the other side of the rivalry as the Panthers’ head coach from 1996 to 2005.
Both teams got off to a slow start, neither finding the net until the 18th minute when Mirsberger headed home a corner from junior striker Beto Soto.
Mirsberger scored twice more in the first half, both from corners.
“Every time we (Marquette) get a corner kick I knew the ball was coming my way and I just had to put my head in there,” Mirsberger said. “I did it three times, what else can I say?
He is the first Golden Eagle to record a hat trick since October 22, 2011 when C. Nortey did it against Seton Hall.
“He’s a senior and a local guy, so scoring a hat trick at the Milwaukee Cup is a great way to finish,” Bennett said.
The Panthers broke their silence just before halftime in the 43rd minute when freshman forward Emil Lindgren Pedersen beat Golden Eagles freshman goaltender Ludvig Malberg in a one-on-one run. head.
Malberg got his second start of the season as senior goaltender Chandler Hallwood missed the game after being shown a red card on Saturday night against Yale.
Milwaukee continued their momentum in the second half as the Panthers cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to 3-2 in the 54th minute on a Logan Farrington goal.
That would be as close as the Panthers get to the Golden Eagles.
In the 54th minute, Milwaukee goalie Gijs Van Schouten was shown a red card, resulting in a Marquette penalty. Second-year forward Abdoul Karim Pare took the shot and scored his fourth goal of the season.
Marquette’s fifth goal of the night came in the 68th minute when Soto’s shot was deflected by a Milwaukee defender into the net.
The Golden Eagles’ five-goal game is the most goals scored by either team in the rivalry since 2000.
“It was definitely a rebound game,” Bennett said. “This rivalry can sometimes be marred by emotions and overemotion, but we kept our emotions in check.”
Bennett acknowledged fan involvement on both sides.
He said he wished he could run to the student section and participate in post-game chants, but he wasn’t able to as he always wears a walking boot.
“I love a good song,” Bennett said.
Marquette ends his non-conference schedule with a 4-3 overall record.
Next up for the Golden Eagles will be their Big East regular season lid lifter in Cincinnati, Ohio against Xavier on Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.
This article was written by Ava Mares. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @avamaresMU.