Yesterday, as Marquette's match with the #24 ranked Georgetown Hoyas approached and I surveyed the weather in the Milwaukee area, I figured that the nasty winds and pelting rain would have one of two possible effects. Either it would result in no goals scored due to an inability to get chances on net or result in a high scoring affair as the keepers wouldn't be able to get to as many balls as they normally would due to footing and the wind making it harder to judge the flight of the ball.
It turns out that I was right on the second thought. The five goals scored in the match tied the season high for Marquette, equaling the goal totals from their matches with Western Michigan and Syracuse. Unfortunately for the boys, this one turned out differently than the first two, as they fell to the Hoyas 3-2.
Following a 20 minute delay while the game was moved from the Valley Fields natural turf field to the FieldTurf pitch, Georgetown broke through first in the 7th minute when Ben Slingerland went to the far post off of a free kick. MU senior Calum Mallace wasn't having any of this foolishness, though. He contributed to both of Marquette's goals before the half ended, first firing a shot from 30 yards out that Hoya keeper Tomas Gomez couldn't control, allowing Kelmend Islami to even the sides in the 24th minute. 12 minutes later, Mallace got a free kick opportunity from 40 yards out that he bent to the far post and in to give Marquette the lead. Marquette finished the half with a 10-1 advantage in shots.
The Golden Eagles and Hoyas spent the first 35 minutes of the 2nd half trading shots until Steve Neumann, Georgetown's leading scorer, made his presence felt in the match. 4 minutes apart, in the 80th and 84th minutes, Neumann beat a diving David Check to first his left and then to his right to even the match and then provide the game winner.
The loss moves Marquette to 7-6-2 overall and 5-1-0 in Big East play. Georgetown now sits at 9-3-3 with a 4-2-0 Big East record.
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