There's a saying that I've seen largely attributed to legendary boxer Mike Tyson: Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
That was the case in the Marquette men's soccer match against #10 Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Eagles went into a defensive shell for the entire first half and largely suffocated the Hoya offense. We don't know if that was the plan for the second half, as Arun Basuljevic scored the game winner 71 seconds into the second half. The goal from Basuljevic was that proverbial punch in the face and it opened the floodgates for Georgetown. The Hoyas looked dominant and assertive in the second half as they tacked on two more goals to win 3-0 by the final horn.
By the end of the day, Georgetown had outshot Marquette 21-5. It was mostly evenly split, outshooting MU 11-3 in the first half and 10-2 in the second. The difference was that after the Basuljevic goal, Marquette couldn't focus on packing it in and protecting freshman keeper Luis Barraza. In the first half, Barraza made five saves, and the MU defenders flat out blocked another four shots. The second half had just as many shots on frame for the Hoyas, but Barraza only saved two while the other three went past him. Marquette only blocked two shots in the second half, to give you an idea of their formation in the period.
Marquette falls to 1-2-1 in Big East play with the loss, while Georgetown stays unbeaten and untied through their first four league matches. That has them tied with......
Up Next: .... the Creighton Bluejays, who come to Valley Fields on Saturday night. The Jays are now 13-0-0 on the season after defeated Butler 1-0 on Wednesday night and are, quite fairly, ranked #1 in the country as the final unbeaten and untied team in the NCAA. Match time is 7:05.