The Marquette Golden Eagles were eliminated from Big East Tournament contention with their double overtime draw to Creighton on Sunday afternoon. They needed a victory and a lot of help (which they didn’t get, for the record) to stay in the mix and just couldn’t manufacture a goal. The 0-0 draw brings their record to 3-11-3 and 1-5-2 in Big East play. As depressing as this sounds, it’s their first time as a Division 1 program that they miss their conference tournament.
They played well enough to get a goal but just didn’t have the accuracy in front of net to beat Creighton goalkeeper Katie Sullivan. Marquette didn’t help themselves with a slow start in which they didn’t do much of anything in the first 45 minutes only recording two shots. The Golden Eagles did flip on the switch in the second half playing like their season was on the line, which seems a little late, y’know? They held most of the possession and were connecting on passes and building the play out of the back. However play broke up when they got near the 18-yard box and they only had three shots on target despite narrowly out-shooting the Bluejays 11-10 in the second half.
Kylie Sprecher had Marquette’s best chance of the game in the 66th minute when she had an uncontested volley from the middle of the box but wasn’t able to put it on frame. Other than that, the Golden Eagles seldom troubled Sullivan. Maddie Monticello, Leah Celarek, and Katrina Wetherell had the three shots on goal for MU. Marquette squandered chances on their 5 corner kicks by hitting all of them poorly and they weren’t able to challenge Creighton’s defense. It was very frustrating to watch as they literally hit three of the five directly out of bounds. Oh well, it’s a microcosm of their season I guess.
Maddy Henry was the MVP of the match with six saves and intimidated Creighton attackers on a few other chances by coming out and forcing an off target shot. she seemed like the only player that was matching the intensity and urgency of the moment from whistle to horn. Overall, Marquette didn’t play poorly they just didn’t do enough to win the game.
They will play Seton Hall in their season finale at Valley Fields on Thursday hoping to cap their season on a high note. The Pirates have zero points in Big East play thus opening the door for Marquette to have a positive result on Senior Night.