Back on March 7th, Marquette women’s soccer went down to Chicago, got outshot 16-6 by DePaul, and won, 2-0. Maybe a bit lucky, but a win is a win is a win.
Turns out these things have a boomerang effect.
Way back on Thursday (it’s Sunday now, sorry, y’all), Marquette went down to Indianapolis for a match against Butler. They got outshot 21-5 and, thanks to a goal in the 84th minute, took their first loss of the season by a margin of 1-0. MU is now 3-1-0 on the year and 1-1-0 in Big East action.
It wasn’t just a slowly building situation, either. Butler took the first 10 shots of the game before Alyssa Bombacino put one on frame in the 25th minute for the Golden Eagles. That was Marquette’s only shot of the first half while giving up 14 to the Bulldogs.
At that point, it was only a matter of time before Butler found the net. BU outshot MU 7-4 in the second half, and it’s not because they found their goal early. It came late with just minutes left in the rain in Indianapolis. Credit to Marquette for shifting things around to cut the number of tries against them in the half, but at some point, if you’re getting outshot that badly, a goal is going to go in.
That’s what happened in the 84th minute, almost on the edge of forcing a scoreless draw in regulation, as Claire Farrington made use of a BU corner kick to pop one past MU’s Lauren Schill. It was the first goal that Schill, a freshman from Pewaukee, has given up in her collegiate career after shutting out DePaul in her first ever start last time out and keeping things clean for 11:27 against Chicago State in the opener.
Marquette generated two more chances in the final 70 seconds, but the shots from Elaina Eckert and Katrina Wetherell were blocked by the BU defense before they even made their way to the keeper.
Up Next: Back to the Valley! It’ll be another Thursday contest for Marquette with Xavier coming to town on March 18th. First kick is set for Noon Central time. The Musketeers are 2-2-0 on the year at the moment, but they’ll be visiting this same Butler team on Sunday afternoon before coming to Milwaukee. They’re 1-0-0 in Big East play after beating Creighton 1-0 last Sunday.