Two goals from Rachel Daly and a clean sheet from Diana Poulin was a logical prediction to make for Marquette's contest against St. John's on Sunday afternoon. If you made that prediction, you win, as Daly became St. John's all time leading scorer and Poulin made just one save in the Red Storm's 3-0 win over the Golden Eagles.
Here's how the season is going for Marquette, other than the 4-6-3 record overall and 1-2-0 record in Big East play: In the past five days, they've lost to two teams that have never - AND THE ROCK MEANS NEVER - beaten them before. Marquette was 4-0-1 against Seton Hall before Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Pirates, and MU had a 10-0-1 record against St. John's before Sunday afternoon.
In his postgame comments, head coach Markus Roeders told GoMarquette.com that "the game was fairly even" before Daly scored her first goal of the match, heading home a Shea Connors cross. That was the goal that set the new St. John's record, and it came on the Red Storm's third shot of the match in the 34th minute. From a possession perspective, maybe the match was more even than the play-by-play makes it look, because Marquette hadn't taken a shot in the match at that point. It would take until the 48th minute before Ashley Handwork would put MU on the board in that category with the end result being Poulin's lone save of the match. Handwork was also credited with MU's second and final shot of the match in the 57th minute, a header that went wide.
St. John's tacked on insurance in the 66th minute when Emily Cubbage headed home a corner kick from Morgan Tinari. Not that they needed it, but SJU really put the thing out of reach on Daly's second goal in the 81st minute, as Tinari collected her second assist of the match.
The Red Storm finished with a 14-2 shot advantage in the match, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what you want to see from a Marquette perspective. Amanda Engel made four saves, all of which came in between St. John's first two goals as she attempted to keep the game within striking distance for her forwards.
Up Next: Marquette returns to Valley Fields for three of their next four matches as they look to try to build some momentum this season. The next match will be against Xavier this coming Thursday at 7pm. The Musketeers are 5-5-1 on the season, but they're winless in their last four matches and haven't scored a goal in their last three.