Things did not go Marquette women’s soccer’s way on Sunday afternoon in Omaha as Creighton dominated the course of play and handed the Golden Eagles a 3-0 defeat. Marquette is now 4-2-0 on the year and 2-2-0 in Big East action.
Things weren’t all bad all 90 minutes long for Marquette. Sure, MU keeper Lauren Schill didn’t field a shot by Skylar Heinrich cleanly in the 12th minute to put the Jays up 1-0, but that was the only scoring in the first half and honestly, Marquette’s field defense not being back to give Schill a hand was just as responsible as the vagaries of physics that let the ball through between Schill and the post just inches away from her. The shots in the half were evenly dispersed with Heinrich’s goal coming as the difference as the Bluejays had a 5-4 advantage.
The match went sideways for Marquette in the second half, although not immediately. A foul in the box by Maddie Monticello turned into a penalty kick for Creighton, and Aida Kardovic ripped the shot top corner to a spot where Schill never had a chance to make a save. 2-0 Bluejays in the 50th minute, but that wasn’t even really the problem. The PK was the first shot of the half for either team, and over the next 40 minutes, Creighton outshot MU 8-1. Schill made three saves along the way to do the best she could, but another goal on some really nice all by herself work by Heinrich in the 64th ballooned the lead to 3-0. MU’s lone official shot of the half came in the 84th minute, and that was that.
Neither side put together a highlight reel for the match, but Creighton still has the full contest archived on their YouTube page if you want to watch.
Up Next: This match finished up Marquette’s first pass through the Big East’s Midwest Division, and they’ll get Round #2 started up on Thursday evening. It’ll be the first of three straight home matches for the Golden Eagles as a postponement against the Bluejays earlier this year flipped some scheduling around, and it will be DePaul coming to Valley Fields for that one. First kick against the Blue Demons is set for 6pm Central. DePaul has won their last two Big East matches to even their league record at 2-2-0.