One goal in each half was more than enough for Marquette men’s soccer on Tuesday night, as they marched into Madison and marched back out with a 2-0 win over Wisconsin. The Golden Eagles are now 3-3-1 on the season.
Marquette’s biggest hurdle to overcome against the Badgers was going to be overcoming Wisconsin’s sense of style. As mentioned in our preview, Marquette by themselves averages about the same number of shots as Wisconsin and their opponents combined this season. While things tended towards Wisconsin’s direction in terms of tempo in this game, Marquette ended up outshooting the Badgers 13-3 in this one, including an 8-1 advantage in the first half.
As evidence of this, Christian Marquez notched what turned into the game-winner for the Golden Eagles in the 37th minute..... on the fifth shot of the game. Marquez popped in his first ever collegiate goal on a volley of a lofted pass from Patrick Seagrist, giving Seagrist his third assist of the season.
Marquez would be knocking on the door just two minutes later, but UW’s Dean Cowdroy made that save as well as one more before the half to keep the margin at one goal at the break. It took MU a bit of warming up after halftime to notch some insurance, but less than it took them to score in the first half. Just past the 65 minute mark, Seagrist — surprise! — found Lukas Sunesson down the left sideline. It was a bit too much of an individual run by Sunesson to notch Seagrist’s second helper of the match, but hey, that’s what happens when your teammate runs past three defenders to get space and score.
Check out the highlights from the MU Twitter account to see both goals:
Jackson Weyman made two saves, one in each half, to record the clean sheet for the Golden Eagles. He had to stop Wisconsin’s first and last shots of the game, and the Badgers missed wide right in the 79th minute for their only other attempt of the match.
Up Next: It’s a big test for the Golden Eagles this weekend. They’ll be down in Cincinnati on Friday night to tangle with Xavier in their second Big East match of the season. Marquette already lost their league opener, and thus need to claw points back. However, the Musketeers are 4-2-1 this season and just dropped out of the United Soccer Coaches top 25 rankings because they lost their own opener to then-#9 St. John’s. Both sides need the points, so we’ll see who ends up on top.