In Marquette men’s soccer’s first two matches of this timeshifted spring 2021 season, the Golden Eagles went to overtime in a scoreless tie and then netted the game winner just scant minutes after overtime started.
That didn’t happen against Saint Louis on Saturday evening. Not exactly.
Instead, what happened was Marquette went to a scoreless tie with Saint Louis at the end of 90 minutes, with the Billikens outshooting the Golden Eagles 8-6. Then, less than four minutes into the 10 minute extra session, Beto Soto put a shot on frame....... that was saved by SLU’s Patrick Schulte.
Was the magic gone?
Nope, just delayed.
As time was disappearing in a hurry at the end of 10 minutes, Zyan Andrade did this:
100' | 1-0 | GOAL! Andrade scores with 8 seconds left in overtime to take the win for the Golden Eagles! #WeAreMarquette | #MarquetteSoccer pic.twitter.com/WMnMmSZztD— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) February 14, 2021
Honestly, this highlight clip needs to be about 10 seconds longer in both directions to get across the frantic action necessary to get Andrade enough time and space to snap that shot in AND so you can see the entire squad mugging for the camera to celebrate their third straight golden goal victory.
Marquette is now 3-0-0 on the season after Andrade’s 100th minute winner. It’s their first 3-0-0 start since opening the 2012 season with 12 straight victories. It’s also three straight shutouts for the Golden Eagles to start the season, and that is the longest that they have ever gone into a season before allowing a goal in program history.... which goes alllllll the way back to 1964. The last time Marquette started a season with two straight shutouts was 1997 when they beat UMKC 2-0 and Northwestern 1-0 before falling 2-1 in overtime to UW-Green Bay in match #3 of the season.
Oh, and it’s just the fourth win in program history against Saint Louis, moving the all-time record to 4-23-2. Marquette had not beaten the Billikens in the previous six meetings. The last win against SLU was back in September 2002, which by chance was a 1-0 victory in Milwaukee.
Three games, three wins, three goals scored by three different men. Eight total saves, seven by Chandler Hallwood, who played the full 99:52 in this match for Marquette.
Up Next: Big East play! Non-conference action isn’t over, as there are two more matches scheduled down the road. First, though, Marquette will host Creighton next Saturday at Valley Fields. The Bluejays have not played a match yet this season and will start their season in Milwaukee. First kick is set for 4pm Central.