Of course, when I was following along on Twitter because Time Warner Cable is jerks and screwed something up with their WatchESPN access to SEC Network+, I wasn't looking at the live stat package eminating from College Station. Through 45 minutes, I figured things were somewhat in Marquette's direction, as the scoreline was level at zero. What I wasn't seeing was that the Aggies had a 13-3 shots advantage in the opening half and that goalkeeper Amanda Engel had made six saves to keep Marquette afloat.
That kind of performance screams "a goal is coming," and indeed it was. In the 52nd minute, Kelley Monogue, the Aggies' leading scorer slipped a pass through the Marquette defense and Allie Bailey cranked a shot past Engel for what would turn out to be the game winning goal. A&M tacked goals on right at the 63 minute mark on a shot launched by Leigh Edwards from 25 yards out and again on a penalty kick by Shea Groom in the 82nd minute.
Marquette actually tightened things up in the second half, as they were only outshot 11-7 after the break. Engel made another four saves to give her a career high of 10, but she couldn't get to 13 to keep the Aggies off the scoreboard.
Marquette falls to 2-5-1 on the season. 2010 was the last time that the loss column climbed as high as 5, when the season ending loss to Florida State in the NCAA tournament was the fifth loss of the season. The Golden Eagles haven't lost six games in a season since 2008, when they finished 11-8-3 after a loss in the NCAA tournament.
Up Next: Marquette returns home for their next four matches, including two more non-conference contests next weekend. I don't know how comforting the familiar sight of the Valley will be after Thursday's game against UW-Milwaukee, but at least there's no travel involved. Kansas will be the opponent on Friday night, with first kick scheduled for 7pm. The Jayhawks are 8-0-0 on the season and ranked #20 in the country in last week's poll. KU is coming off a 1-0 home win over UMBC on Sunday afternoon.