Marquette's trip to Cincinnati and Louisville over the weekend ended up with the Golden Eagles getting outscored by more than three to one, as they lost 14-5 to Cincinnati on Friday and 21-2 to Louisville on Sunday.
Things looked like they were getting out to a good start against the Bearcats. Goals from Nicole Gleason and Claire Costanza gave MU a 2-1 lead with 12:58 left in the first half. Just after the 11 minute mark, Cincinnati got goals from Kylie Ramsland and Courtney Curtis 20 seconds apart to put them back in the lead, and that opened the floodgates. Those two goals were the start of 10 straight unanswered goals for UC, including three from Marissa Pierson and two each from Ramsland and Katie Kiriazoglou. Kenzie Brown finally broke the Bearcat run with a free position shot with 8:39 remaining in the game, but by then, the game was long since over.
The Louisville game was a case of Marquette getting outclassed from the get go. Courtnee Daley scored 38 seconds in to the contest as the Cardinals scored early and often. Louisville was up 10-0 before Marquette got a shot off. On the upside, Marquette's first shot did result in a goal when Jacqueline Dubois put the Golden Eagles on the board with her first goal of the season at the 9:44 mark of the first half. UL rattled off four more goals before the half ended and a total of six straight before Hayley Baas tacked on Marquette's second goal of the game.
If nothing else, the team is well aware that they were going to have to go through some rough patches to get this program started. Head coach Meredith Black had this to say after the Louisville game:
Up Next: Marquette returns home for their last two home matches of their inaugural season. First up is Georgetown (8-2) on Friday evening at 4pm. It's Bang For Your Buck Night, with hot dogs, sodas, and chips all available from the concession stand for just $1.