The good news from this past Sunday's win over Creighton: After giving up a shaky early goal, the Golden Eagles ran roughshod over the Jays en route to a win in their Big East opener.
The bad news is pretty much everything else. It's almost a guarantee that we'll never see the rotation of players that obliterated Creighton for the rest of the season. Usual starters Liz Bartels, Molly Pfeiffer, and Erin Holland were suspended for the entire match for disciplinary reasons, as was rotation midfielder Meegan Johnston. Head coach Markus Roeders told Marquette Wire that he expects to have all four players back in the lineup against Seton Hall, so the arrangement that led to five goals against Creighton? Gone, before we could even start to admire it.
Perhaps Roeders can take something away from how his team played with those four out of the lineup and adapt with them back in the lineup. While I'd have to say that Holland and Bartels deserve their spots in the eleven, I could see a scenario where Pfeiffer and/or Johnston cedes time to Jamie Kutey based on the damage the freshman did against Creighton. Of course, none of this addresses the fact that keeper Amanda Engel and all-Big East defender Morgan Proffitt were kept out of the starting lineup against CU as well. They were put back in as soon as Sloane Carlson couldn't properly wrap up a free kick, so who knows what to make out of that.
Luckily, Seton Hall's atrocious.....
Big East Match #2: at Seton Hall (1-7-2, 0-1-0 Big East)
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 6pm Central
Where: Owen T. Carroll Field in South Orange, NJ
Audio/Visual: Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go has the video stream, and there's live stats.
Twitter Updates: @MUWomensSoccer
I shouldn't be so mean to the Pirates. Since they switched keepers two and a half games ago, going from freshman Anna MacLean to junior Illissa Blackshear, the Pirates are giving up just barely more than one goal every 90 minutes and are 1-1-0. I mean, granted, the loss was a 3-0 beat down at the hands of St. John's in their Big East opener, but hey, the Red Storm have Rachel Daly and are inching towards being ranked, so whatever.
I don't know what took head coach Rick Stainton so long to go to Blackshear in net while MacLean was stinking the joint up. If it was an issue of health, that'd make sense, but since Blackshear just randomly came back in the middle of a 1-0 loss to Cornell, I got nothing for you. I mean, SHU got shelled 10-1 in their first two games this season and somehow that didn't prompt the move to Blackshear. Giving up six goals over the next six games? GET THE HOOK.
Seton Hall at least has a multiple goal scorer this season, so I can say nice things about Amanda Gulli at least. The senior from Toms River, NJ, has three goals on the season after leading SHU in points in 2014. Junior Frankie Meier has two assists on the season, as the Pirates have five assists on their six goals.