The season is only two matches old, and already Marquette men’s soccer has played about 30 minutes more than necessary.
MU has gone to overtime in each of tbeir first two matches this season. First, it was a 1-0 single overtime golden goal loss on the road against Kentucky, then it was a 2-2 draw after two overtimes against Illinois-Chicago on Friday. In that one, the Golden Eagles needed a late goal from Luka Prpa to level the match and get to the extra sessions, but they just couldn’t recreate the magic to get their first win of the season.
It’s kind of a bummer, to be honest. If you use shot totals as an indicator of play quality and offensive control, you can make the argument that Marquette deserved to win both matches. Instead, they hold a record of 0-1-1 with a major test against Virginia just eight days away and the start of Big East play is just 12 days down the road. I still think that Marquette can make some noise in conference play this year, but they’re going to need to start locking down wins in regulation first.
Match #3: vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Monday, September 4, 2017
Time: 7pm Central
Location: Valley Fields
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This is the first ever meeting between Marquette and New Mexico. I’m always fascinated when I see schools pop up in one team’s schedule - in this case women’s basketball last season and this coming season - and then turn around and show up in other sports down the road.
The Lobos come in to the game with a 1-2-0 record. They went winless on a trip to the Pacific Northwest to start the season, but that’s not as bad as it sounds. One of the two losses was 2-1 to then #11 Washington, and that was after a UW penalty kick goal in the 87th minute. Of course, UNM scored their goal less than a minute after that, sooooo.....
New Mexico got into the win column for the first time back on Friday night with a 3-0 win against UNLV. The Lobos spread all three goals out across the match, but only had a 12-10 shots advantage at the end of 90 minutes. As a result, they’re still getting outshot on the season (38-26), but still averaging more goals than they’re allowing.
Four different Lobos have scored a goal this season, but it’s Aaron Herrera that might need the most attention from Marquette. The junior defender leads New Mexico in shots this season with six, but he’s yet to find the back of the net. Senior Jason Beaulieu has played every minute in net so far this season, so expect to see him wearing the keeper mitts on Monday night.