Earlier this season, Marquette men’s soccer went out to Providence for a regular season match against the Providence. Thanks to a Marquette red card in the 10th minute before either team even put a shot up, the Friars ended up outshooting Marquette very very badly and took a 2-0 win. Between then and Saturday afternoon, it was impossible to tell what might have actually transpired between the two sides if Marquette had been able to play with 11 men for the entire match.
On Saturday, Marquette and Providence squared off again, this time in the Big East tournament quarterfinals with a mid-week trip to St. John’s for the semifinals on the line.
Providence outshot Marquette 13-5 and ended up with a 3-0 win over the Golden Eagles. Marquette managed just one shot in the match after PC went up 2-0. The Friars advance to the semifinals, while Marquette, with a record of 8-9-1, sees their season come to a close.
Perhaps it wasn’t as much of a mystery as to what might have happened as I thought it was.
If you’re so inclined, you can check out Providence’s goals here, here, and here. Given the lopsided nature of the shots and the score, I don’t think a carefully examined breakdown of what did or did not happen on the goals really matters all that much. The good news, I suppose, is that it could have been worse. Cedrik Stern stopped a penalty kick early in the second half that kept the Golden Eagles down only a goal at the time.
55’| SAVED PK, Stern goes to his left and grabs the well struck penalty kick by Providence!— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) November 9, 2019
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As mentioned above, with the loss, Marquette does not have a chance at the NCAA tournament this year, and thus the season is over. That means we have to say THANK YOU to the seniors on the roster: Connor Alba, Josh Coan, Griffin Jende, Luka Prpa, Patrick Seagrist, and Leo Villa. It’s been an up and down four years in the Valley for these guys, but they’ve gotten the program back to the Big East tournament each of the past two seasons, including a thrilling run to the conference title game a year ago. That wasn’t in the cards again this season, but that didn’t slow down the hard work and effort from the senior leadership on the squad to keep pushing forward. Marquette fans everywhere thank you for everything you’ve done for the team and we wish you nothing but the best in the future.