Marquette men’s soccer played a highly ranked team to a standstill for 45 minutes on Tuesday night only to see things slip through their fingers after halftime. The #12 ranked Virginia Cavaliers scored less than three minutes into the second half and tacked on a late penalty kick to hand MU a 2-0 loss at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville. Marquette is now 0-4-1 on the season.
As was the case last time out, defensive miscues cost the Golden Eagles against the Cavs. First, it was Raheem Taylor-Parkes getting free from two defenders for a close up one-on-one chance against MU keeper Luis Barraza. A long pass had come through to Taylor-Parkes, and while the two Marquette defenders bottled him up, there was no one stopping him from pushing forward for a shot to the far post for what turned into the game-winning goal.
The second goal of the game officially qualifies as resulting in a defensive miscue, but I disagree with the referee’s decision. Yes, there was probably contact between MU’s Brendan Skinner and UVa’s Pablo Aguilar, and yes, it was in the 18 yard box as the ball arrived at Aguilar’s feet. But between the lack of ferocity in the contact and the rain-soaked conditions, I don’t think it was enough to justify a foul, much less one that resulted in a penalty kick with less than five minutes to play and Marquette chasing an equalizer. I realize I’m biased, but you can watch the replay for yourself. Anyway, Sergi Nus pushed the kick right as Barraza dove left and that was pretty much that for the evening.
Barraza did make six saves on the evening to keep Marquette active and alive. Four of his stops came in the first half when neither team was able to find the back of the net. It was a relatively low impact offensive night, with Virginia outshooting Marquette 15-7.
Here’s the highlights, courtesy of VirginiaSports.com. You can make your own judgement on the Skinner call at the 1:55 mark.
Up Next: Oh, good, Marquette is headed to Big East play without a win to their name. Neat. While the Golden Eagles still have two non-conference matches to play down the road, they’ll start league play this coming Saturday with a road game against Villanova. The Wildcats are 2-3-0 on the season after a loss to Loyola-Maryland on Saturday night. They’ll be in New Jersey on Wednesday night to tangle with Rider before returning home to host the Golden Eagles.