Well, the good news is that Marquette men’s soccer kept the #12 team in the country scoreless for 34 minutes.
The remaining 56 minutes? Mmmmmm, not so much. #12 St. John’s scored in the 35th minute to take a lead on the Golden Eagles on Saturday night at Valley Fields, then added three more goals in the final 36 minutes of the match to hand Marquette a 4-0 defeat. The Golden Eagles are now 1-2-0 in Big East play and 4-5-1 overall.
Add that to Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss to Saint Louis, and boy howdy, it has not bee a good week for the Golden Eagles down in the Valley.
Something about that 1-0 lead sparked something in the Johnnies. Marquette actually had a lead in shots at halftime, attempting six tries against four for SJU. That turned totally around on MU after the break, as St. John’s attempted 10 shots against six for MU. The Red Storm’s offensive aggression was rewarded with three goals in the second half, so whatever the coaching staff saw, the players were able to take full advantage of it.
I don’t know if there’s a lot of analysis to be made of this one, especially after Tuesday’s nightmare. We can mention that Cedrik Stern replaced Jackson Weyman as goalkeeper in the starting lineup. The sophomore from Germany made four saves in the match, including three after halftime to keep the match as close as it actually was.
Up Next: Marquette has one final non-conference match to deal with before launching fully into Big East play. Green Bay (1-5-2) comes to the Valley on Tuesday night after a Horizon League match on Saturday night against Cleveland State. Heading into that Saturday game, the Phoenix have lost five straight matches, so that might be six by the time they get to Milwaukee.