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Men's Soccer: Notre Dame Wins, But So Did Providence

Marquette's men's soccer team lost in South Bend last night, but their hopes for a Blue Division title haven't completely evaporated.

Defender Axel Sjoberg accounted for Marquette's lone goal against Notre Dame.
Defender Axel Sjoberg accounted for Marquette's lone goal against Notre Dame.

I said yesterday in my preview that if Marquette wanted to beat Notre Dame, they had to stop Ryan Finley from adding to his Big East leading points total.

That didn't happen.

Finley got on the board with two goals about 90 seconds apart as part of Notre Dame's three unanswered goals in the second half as the #8/7 Irish defeated the #5/#3 Golden Eagles 3-1 last night. Finley's first goal was the game winner and came on a penalty kick caused by MU keeper Charlie Lyon making contact with Finley while attempting to defend an attack.

Marquette's lone goal came in the 25th minute when Axel Sjoberg headed home a Paul Dillon corner kick.

The good news - if there can be good news - is that Providence got their second Big East win of the season when they pulled a 1-0 win over Connecticut out of flippin' nowhere yesterday afternoon. That, combined with Georgetown's win over Seton Hall, puts Marquette, Connecticut, Georgetown, and Notre Dame into a four way tie atop the Blue Division. As I mentioned yesterday, everyone's finishing with a home-and-home set, so we'll see a repeat of these matches on Saturday, all in the opposite locations. Here's the schedule (all times Central) so we know what to keep an eye on:

12pm: Seton Hall at Georgetown
3pm: Providence at Connecticut
7pm: Notre Dame at Marquette

The MU/ND match is literally the last item on the Big East's calendar for the regular season, so it appears that we will know what exactly Marquette and Notre Dame will be playing for by the time that match kicks off.