The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. Your Marquette Golden Eagles have found their way into the win column in Big East play with a 1-0 victory over a pesky St. Johns team. They now move out of a tie for last place (YAY!) and into a 5-way tie for 5th sitting at 1-2 in conference. However, their overall record is 3-8-1 which puts them below the four other teams they are tied with. But there’s still six games left to be played to make that record look a little nicer.
Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots everybodyyy. That’s the name of the game. The Golden Eagles had 19 of ‘em and were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 78th minute thanks to freshmen phenom Alyssa Bombacino. She got free inside the box and fired a bullet from the right side to the left corner of the net that St. Johns goalkeeper Meredith Reinhardt didn’t even see coming. For your enjoyment, check out the powerful strike that earned Marquette its first Big East win:
Bombacino has been a breath of fresh air for Marquette this season as she has converted when we’ve needed her the most. She’s got two game winning goals and leads the team in points with her three total goals this season. The weird part is she’s only played 248 minutes thus far and started 1 game. But, hey, she’s made the best of it and will like get on the Big East team of the week with her two goals over the weekend.
The game was tightly contested. St. John’s got the majority of the chances in the first half as they outshot the Golden Eagles 10-7. Stop me if you’ve heard this before but junior Maddy Henry made some vintage saves to keep the game scoreless. She had four first half saves and finished with seven for the match. I mean just look at her cat-like reflexes on this one:
A look at Maddy Henry's second save of the match to keep things scoreless with St. John's. Still 20 minutes remaining before the half. pic.twitter.com/h7LUIet1Fk— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MarquetteWSOC) September 30, 2018
Incredible stuff, folks. Another “did you see that?!” moment happened about 15 yards away from the field where there was a petting zoo for the fans. It’s not every day you get to watch soccer live and pet animals at the same time. I’m not wildly superstitious, maybe just a little stitious, but Marquette might think about bringing back the petting zoo for their next home game versus DePaul on October 4th. Who knows, it could be another animal inspired win.
The DePaul game happens to be their next contest this Thursday night. The Blue Demons sit in a tie for 3rd with Villanova at 2-1 in Big East play so a win would be massive. For those of you calculating back at home that would bring them to .500 in league play. We can only hope that this is the win the Golden Eagles needed to find their stride and start rattling off wins.