It was a replay of last Saturday's match: a ranked team was able to defend their home pitch against a top 5 team. Unfortunately for Marquette, they were the road team in this encounter, as the #4/#2 Golden Eagles fell to the #10/#14 Georgetown Hoyas by a final score of 2-1. The loss is Marquette's first of the season, ending their 12 match undefeated run to start the season.
You knew it was going to be rough sledding for MU when they allowed Georgetown to score first on a Tommy Muller header in the 22nd minute. It was the first time in Big East play that Marquette's opponent had struck first and the first time in seven matches, dating back to their September 14 encounter with Michigan. Marquette was able to respond, though, as Bryan Ciesiulka snagged a clearing attempt at the top of the box in the 35th minute and rifled it into the netting to even things up heading into halftime.
In the second half, GU's Steve Neumann remembered that he's pretty great and popped a 50th minute free kick from the top of the 18 yard box around a Golden Eagles wall and past Charlie Lyon to give the Hoyas the lead for good.
Marquette, Connecticut, Georgetown, and Notre Dame are all in a four way tie for first in the Blue Division, as they all have three wins. By the end of the season, some poor team unlucky enough to finish fifth in the Red Division is going to get hosed in the draw for the first round of the Big East Championship.
Up Next: Marquette heads to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night to keep the Panthers winless in conference play.