Two matches, two double overtime contests for Marquette men’s soccer this season. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, Sunday afternoon’s match didn’t end as well as Friday night’s. Marquette and UC Davis went to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, leaving the Golden Eagles with a 1-0-1 record on the season.
While no one is ever terribly thrilled about going to a scoreless draw, this is a pretty solid result for Marquette, all things considered. By the end of the match, the shots were pretty even. UC Davis had 15 against 13 for the Golden Eagles. However, the Golden Eagles were a little more patient with their kicks, putting six of their 13 on frame against just one for the Aggies. All due credit to them though, as their lone shot on goal came in the final minute of the second overtime session. If you’re going to save your only shot on goal in a game, that’s a pretty good time to burn it.
On top of the relatively even play with an advantage in Marquette’s direction, we can’t ignore what UC Davis did in their regular season opener on Friday. They picked up a 2-0 win over Wisconsin up in Madison. The Badgers earned votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll, and the Aggies handled them to pick up a win. You can make the argument that Marquette outplayed UC Davis across these 110 minutes, and if that’s the case.... maybe the Golden Eagles aren’t that far from a vote or three themselves.
Up Next: Marquette is off until Friday now. They’ll take their first road trip of the season for their next match, making their way down to Tampa to take on USF for MU’s only game of the weekend. The Bulls are 0-1-0 on the season after giving up a 70th minute goal to Maryland, the #1 team in the country, in their opener. They won’t play again until the Golden Eagles come to town.