I like to pretend that in the midst of his record breaking fifth consecutive shutout, Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon shouted to no one in particular: "Bartender! Get me a Jack & Coco, don't worry, I'll provide the ice."
Lyon and his teammates had already shattered the Marquette program record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal in the seventh minute of the game, and Lyon had made three saves to keep the game without a goal. Then, as time started to evaporate out from underneath the Golden Eagles, Louis Bennett II and Jack Alberts connected in the 82nd minute for a goal that was a near exact replica of Alberts' set piece game winner against UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday. A long free kick from LB2 went soaring into the box and connected with Alberts, who headed it into the bottom right corner to give MU a 1-0 lead.
With a goal coming that late in the contest, Marquette might have been able to park the bus and escape DeKalb with the win, but that's not how Coco Navarro rolls. Quickly following Alberts' goal, the Golden Eagles had reasserted their control of play and earned a throw in deep in the final third. The bouncing ball found its way to the feet of the Real Salt Lake academy product, who used his first touch to rifle the ball on frame and past several Huskies defenders, not to mention NIU keeper Andrew Glaeser for his first goal of the season. Marquette had picked up two goals in less than a minute, and they would prevent Northern Illinois from mounting an attack again, much less even attempting a shot the rest of the way.
Lyon now has 25 career shutouts to his name, leaving him just three short of Jim Welch's all time record. The Marquette defense hasn't conceded a goal since the second match of the season, a span of over 508 minutes, which, as mentioned earlier, is also a program record.
Up Next: Big East action! MU opens up the conference slate on Saturday against Providence. The Friars are 5-2-0 on the season, and they've had no trouble scoring goals this season, totaling 17 already.