RHINELANDER, Wis. - They don't have a perfect record, but their defense is beyond reproach.
The Marquette Redmen have yet to give up a goal in three boys soccer games, improving to 2-0-1 with a pair of wins at the Hodag Invitational on Saturday.
Following a 0-0 tie with Stevens Point on Friday, MSHS played two more Wisconsin schools and posted a 2-0 blanking of Wau-sau West and 6-0 victory over Stevens Point Pacelli.
"I don't think things could've gone better this weekend," Marquette head coach Matt Tebo said.
Indeed. Though the Pacelli victory looks more impressive on paper as the Redmen took 30 shots, 23 of them on target at the opposition goal, in the first game Marquette didn't allow junior goaltender Tony Lackey to break a sweat as no shot reached him that was on target.
"He did come out and handle a corner kick," Tebo said about the biggest threat Lackey faced vs. Wausau.
Meanwhile, MSHS pumped out 19 shots in the opener, 11 on goal, as Wausau managed just three total shots.
Max Bednarek set up the only goal Marquette needed in the game's 16th minute, taking a shot that rebounded off the goalie right to senior Marty Gray, who shot it straight back into the net.
The Redmen got insurance about nine minutes into the second half when junior sweeper Craig Ekstrum's long free kick set up a turnover in the other end converted by sophomore Andrew Banitt from 20 yards out.
In Game 2, Bednarek set up Marquette's goal in almost identical fashion to his first goal of the day, this time setting up freshman striker Lehomm Pickard on the putback.
Pickard returned the favor 11 minutes later, passing to Bednarek for a pop-up goal.
MSHS made it 3-0 when Bednarek fed Pickard again.
After halftime, Pickard scored on a long shot, senior Billy Mullett set up a Banitt header in front of the net, and freshman striker Logan Zueger passed to sophomore Hunter Shaneberger on a bang-bang play.
Lackey made six saves, almost all on long shots on the wet turf.
The Redmen return home to play Eagle River, Wis., Northland Pines at the Kaufman Sports Complex at 6 p.m. Tuesday.