Men's Soccer: Marquette 1, Villanova 0

C. Nortey has a team leading five goals so far this season. - Maggie Bean/MarquetteImages.com

These 1-0 Big East wins are starting to wear me down.

Each of Marquette's last five matches ended in a shutout. Not all were wins for the Golden Eagles, but they all ended with one team not scoring a goal.

So, when Marquette and Villanova were scoreless through 90 minutes, it wasn't particularly surprising. Somehow it seemed that everything was building to MU playing a scoreless draw with someone eventually. Even the shot totals were pointing that direction, as Marquette only had a 20-17 advantage on shots at the end of regulation.

But C. Nortey had different thoughts in mind.

In the 95th minute, Louis Bennett II poked the ball forward to Nortey. The redshirt sophomore saw Wildcats keeper Andrew Weakly charging out to contest his attack and took things out to the far right side to get some space. Nortey fired his shot in towards the far post and slipped it into the net on a tight angle to keep MU perfect in Big East play.

Keeper Charlie Lyon made a season high seven saves, including five in the second half, for his fifth clean sheet of the season.

The win helps Marquette (6-3-1, 2-0-0) keep pace with Providence and Butler at six points each, and one point behind Creighton at seven points in the Big East standings.

Up Next: It's "Marquette Determines Their Own Fate Week," as Butler (8-2-1, 2-0-0) comes to Valley Fields on Wednesday night, followed by Creighton (6-2-2, 2-0-1) on Saturday night. The new grandstand in the Valley has been completed and will be open for the Butler match.

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