Marquette went to overtime for the fifth time in six matches this season on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fourth time this year that the Golden Eagles were deadlocked in a scoreless draw when the 90 minutes of regulation wrapped up.
This was, however, the first time that the Golden Eagles went to a draw, and quite honestly, they should probably be pretty happy about things ending deadlocked 0-0 with Butler.
The stats to the game are what they are: Butler outshot Marquette 21-8 in this match. It was 11-2 at the half and 7-3 in the second half. The two sides had an even number of shots in each 10 minute session — one each in OT1, two each in OT2 — but at that point, things had already tipped way over in Butler’s favor. I guess the most impressive thing about the match is that Marquette’s shot quality comes across as much better than Butler’s. Four of MU’s eight shots were on frame, including one by Beto Soto in the 104th minute. “Only” seven of Butler’s 21 shots were aimed properly, and 33% is obviously much lower that 50%. Chandler Hallwood stood tall in net to make saves on all seven of those shots to preserve the shutout for the Golden Eagles. His last one came on the only shot on goal in the first overtime session, a crack from up top by Jack Haywood in the 92nd minute.
Speaking of Soto and Hallwood, I think this is pretty neat:
68' |— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) March 10, 2021
Chandler Hallwood makes a save and sends it long for a perfect pass to Beto Soto out of the back.
Soto's shot on goal is saved by Butler and we remain scoreless.#WeAreMarquette | #MarquetteSoccer pic.twitter.com/zqgHn7IFJg
Anyway, Marquette is now 4-1-1 on the season, which is pretty good, and they’re 1-1-1 in Big East play through three games, which is also pretty good, I think.
Up Next: A week off, first of all, and then back to playing games at Valley Fields after the first two road games of the season. Xavier will be coming to Milwaukee for that 11am Central first kick. The Musketeers are 3-4-0 so far this year, although that includes an overtime loss to then-#12 Kentucky. They will visit Butler this coming Saturday before making their way to Wisconsin next week.