David Selvaggi notched his fourth goal of the season to provide Marquette with the only point they would need to defeat Seton Hall, 1-0, on Saturday night.
Selvaggi got his opportunity in the 52nd minute by making a heads up run as Adam Hermsen advanced the ball up the right sideline. He got it to C. Nortey, who saw Selvaggi flying free and unmarked down the middle of the field. Nortey slid a smooth pass out in front of Selvaggi, who measured his distance, and fired a blast towards the left post with his second touch. SHU keeper Brandon Barnes made a dive and put a hand on the shot, but all he did was make sure it bounded safely into the net.
The first half was largely dominated by Marquette's possession, but Seton Hall showed life towards the end of the period as the two teams ended up tied in total shots at six apiece through 45 minutes. Selvaggi's shot was the first of four from the Golden Eagles in the second half, but they would allow Seton Hall to control play to a large extend after that. The Pirates posted eight shots after Selvaggi's goal, and freshman keeper Luis Barraza had to make five saves on those shots to preserve the win and his second straight shutout. In fact, it's been over 190 minutes since Wicho allowed a goal.
With the win, Marquette moves to 5-4-2 on the season, and 1-1-1 in Big East play. Those four points have the Golden Eagles tied for fourth place in the league table with St. John's. The loss sends Seton Hall to 0-3-0 in conference action and 0-9-1 overall.
Up Next: It's back to the road for the Golden Eagles. They'll be in the nation's capital on Wednesday afternoon to take on #12 Georgetown. The Hoyas (7-2-2, 3-0-0 Big East) are coming off a 2-0 win over Butler on Saturday afternoon, and they're undefeated in their last eight matches.