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Marquette Gets Pantsed By Utah State

I mean, there’s really no other way to describe this.

Emily Hess
Emily Hess’ second half goal was the rare bright spot for Marquette on Sunday.

Five to one.

That’s your Sunday afternoon final from Valley Fields, as Utah State marched into Milwaukee, danced all over Marquette women’s soccer, and headed back to Logan with the 5-1 victory. The Golden Eagles are now 2-4-0 on the season.

They have not surrendered five goals in a match since losing 5-1 on the road to LSU in 2016. Marquette has not given up five goals at home since a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee in 2014.

In short, this was bad.

The end was spelled out pretty well for Marquette towards the end of the first half. You could probably say it was a relatively even contest until Sidney Barlow put in the first goal of the match in the 30th minute. Generally speaking, not a problem.

Goal #2 came three shots and not even three full minutes later.

Goal #3 was less than five minutes later, and the rout was officially on. Seven minutes and three seconds elapsed between goals, and that was pretty much that for this one. Utah State added two second half goals blah blah blah, you get the point.

Marquette’s lone marker came in the 71st minute when Emily Hess bent an Olympico into the net.

Always neat to see that happen. It’s just a shame that it came as Marquette was getting blasted off their own field.

After Marquette snagged back-to-back 1-0 victories against Big Ten foes while getting badly outshot, I suppose it’s something of a victory to see that shots finished even in this match at 18 each. Unfortunately, this one became Example A as to what happens if Maddy Henry is not superhuman. Marquette’s all-time leader in career saves made three stops in this match, and for the record, that is anything but a criticism of her. With the number of shots that the defense was letting get fired off against her, Henry was bound to have a game where things just did not go her way.

This was that game.

Up Next: Marquette has a week off to try and figure out where things went so horribly wrong. They’ll be across town next week Sunday for a 7pm start against Milwaukee. The Panthers are 5-1-0 this season after beating Butler at Engelmann Stadium on Sunday afternoon. They’ll host Western Illinois in the middle of the week before MU wanders over to the east side.