If there was a more fittingly depressing way for the 2015 Marquette men's soccer season to end, I'd like to hear it. Well, no, really, I wouldn't. Experiencing a 3-0 defeat to DePaul is bad enough for me, I don't want to feel any worse.
It's been a bad, injury riddled season for the Golden Eagles, and on the final day of the regular season, they had a chance to ruin DePaul's season. They could have forced the Blue Demons to wait for help to put them into the Big East tournament, but that didn't happen. Kevin Beyer and Jalen Harvey scored about four minutes apart in the first half, and DePaul got a little extra insurance from Erik Rodriguez in the 58th minute to secure their Big East tournament berth.
You know what part about this really stinks? DePaul actually has a worse record than Marquette, even after this result. Marquette finishes the season with a mark of 5-10-2, while the Blue Demons move on to a postseason match with a record of 5-12-1. They're getting that 13th loss sooner or later.
The only real positive to come out of the match is that Brady Walsh played the first 45 minutes of his Marquette career when he took over in net for Mac Wheeler at halftime. Even that ends up being a bit of a bummer, as Walsh's career is now over, since he will not return for his redshirt senior season.
Walsh is one of six Golden Eagles who wrapped up their careers on Thursday afternoon in Chicago. We have to say THANK YOU to Adam Hermsen, Kelmend Islami, C. Nortey, Patrick Schulz, David Selvaggi, and Brady Walsh. All six men were a part of what might be the high point of Marquette soccer history: the first NCAA tournament win in program history, a 1-0 victory over Akron at Valley Fields. Hermsen, Islami, and Nortey were all in the lineup on that terribly cold night, while Schulz and Walsh didn't see action and Selvaggi sat out as a transfer from DePaul. All six were a part of that team, though, that brought home the first Big East tournament title in program history after securing the second regular season title in three years for the Golden Eagles.
The last two seasons, particularly this one, have likely not gone as any of those men have wanted them to go, but we appreciate the hard work and sacrifice that all them have made during their time in blue and gold.