Big East play started for Marquette women’s soccer on Sunday, and it didn’t start well. The Golden Eagles went to Washington, D.C., and lost to #12 Georgetown by a final of 3-0. Marquette is now 0-1-0 in Big East play and 3-7-0 overall.
To a certain extent, it was expected. That’s the kind of result that happens when you play the #12 team in the country, no matter the quality of your side. As you can see from MU’s overall record this season, the Golden Eagles have at best struggled with consistency this season. Thus, taking a three goal loss with a shot differential of 20-5 was pretty much what was scheduled for Marquette on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoyas got what turned into the game-winner on the board early. In the 16th minute, Julia Leas just launched one from distance. Turns out that she had just the right amount of altitude, angle, and velocity on it to put it where MU keeper Maddy Henry couldn’t do a damn thing with it.
What is anyone supposed to do about that? Leas swung with a defender right on top of her and she still went top corner and out of Henry’s reach.
Leas’ goal was the only one on the board at the half, and things didn’t seem completely out of hand. Georgetown was only outshooting MU 8-2 at the break, which is totally fine for playing against the #12 team in the country. Amanda Carolan changed that all up in the 48th minute, on this goal after Josie Kelderman and Kylie Sprecher banged together to allow Boo Jackson to get free for the distribution.
If you ignore the defensive miscue, that’s a hell of a goal.
Carolan tacked on in the 82nd minute as Henry made the initial save on a close range shot by Leas, but she couldn’t wrap it up. The ball stayed bouncing around, and the Hoyas got their third of the game.
I don’t really have much in terms of creative thoughts or opinions on this one. Basically a scheduled loss for Marquette at this point of the season, so you move on and try to find enough points to make the Big East tournament out of the remaining eight matches in league play.
Up Next: The good news is that Marquette’s next two Big East matches are at home. They’ll host Providence at Valley Fields on Thursday night, then turn around and play Creighton on Sunday afternoon. The Friars are 6-3-1 on the year and 1-0 in Big East action, while Creighton is 7-3-0 and also won their league opener.