Before the season started, one of the things I was worried about for Marquette men's soccer was who was going to score goals for them. The 2013 season had an incredible run of luck in winning 1-0 games, with a number of those goals coming from junior striker C. Nortey.
Over the last six matches (aka the start of Big East play), Marquette has only scored four goals while going 1-2-3. They've been kept off the scoreboard completely in three of those matches. The Golden Eagles still hang on to a spot in the NSCAA Top 25 at #24, but with just three matches left on the Big East schedule, things are starting to look dire for their postseason prospects.
All of this is made worse by the opposition for Wednesday night...
Big East Match #7: At #10 Creighton (11-2-2, 4-1-1 Big East)
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 7pm Central
Where: Morrison Stadium in Omaha, NE
Audio/Visual: This one's on the Big East Digital Network, so get your Fox Sports Go app ready. Live stats should be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteSoccer
... where keeper Connor Sparrow hasn't given a goal up in the first half in 2014 and has only allowed eight balls get past him all season. Courtesy of the lone goal that Sparrow conceded in the Jays' 1-0 loss to Georgetown last Saturday, his goals-against average "rocketed" up to 0.52, so at least he's not ahead of Charlie Lyon's 0.48.
That loss to the #17 Hoyas snapped a seven game unbeaten streak for the Bluejays that had them ranked #2 in the country ahead of the match. It's just their second loss of the season, with the other one also coming at home against a Saint Louis squad that was ranked #20 in the country at the time.
Wait a minute. Two losses. Both in Omaha. Both to top 25 teams. I SMELL A PATTERN!
Fabian Herbers leads Creighton in goals this season with eight, and half of those have been game winning strikes. Those eight markers have him second in the Big East and Herbers leads the team in points with 20, which is tied with GU's Brandon Allen for the highest mark in the conference. Timo Pitter's no slouch either with five goals and four assists.