Optimism was running high in the Marquette women’s soccer locker room heading into the 2019 season. Go ahead and read the quotes from head coach Markus Roeders and senior keeper Maddy Henry from the Marquette Wire’s season preview to get a feel for what I’m talking about here. Charged up and ready to go, etc.
And then they lost 2-0 to Colorado State on the road on Thursday evening in the first regular season match of the season.
Oh, and they got outshot 17-8.
Oh, and Henry had to make 10 saves to keep the match that close, and her third save of the match made her Marquette’s all-time career leader in saves, surpassing Mo Bothwell’s record of 288.
Oh, and Colorado State managed 10 goals all of last season, and has never had a winning record in the six year history of their program.
It’s a lot, to say the least, and it’s not good, either.
Both of CSU’s goals came from Caeley Lordemann, CSU’s leading returning scorer and their only goal scorer of note from a year ago, and both came at roughly the same point of each half. The first one came at the 7:14 mark of the match, and the second was at the 53:24 mark. That’s the 8:24 mark of the second half, if you want to think about it that way, which leads us to a discussion of which goal was worse for the Golden Eagles.
- Giving up a goal seven minutes into the game and the season?
- Giving up a goal eight minutes into the second half after getting outshot 9-1 in the first half?
There’s not a right answer there, I don’t think, not for a team coming off of the first losing record in Markus Roeders’ tenure as head coach.
Up Next: Things do not get easier, which is probably the most troubling part of this. On Sunday afternoon, Marquette will be in Muncie, Indiana, for a date with Ball State. The Cardinals return multiple goal scorers and are coming off a 14-3-3 record in 2018. The Cardinals are still 0-0-0 on the season, as they open up by hosting Eastern Illinois on Friday night.