On Sunday, Marquette women’s soccer went to overtime for the first time in the timeshifted spring 2021 season. They also suffered an overtime loss for the first time this season, as Butler’s Katie Soderstrom finally got one of her five shots on goal to go into the net to beat Lauren Schill in the 105th minute. The loss drops Marquette to 5-3-0 overall on the year and 3-3-0 in Big East play this season with two matches left to go this season.
While a heavy majority of the Butler offense came from Soderstrom’s feet, the Bulldogs had an advantage against Marquette all match long. BU outshot the Golden Eagles 15-9 in regulation as well as 3-1 in the 14-plus minutes of overtime. Still, Marquette had their chances to put one on the board. Overall shots went BU’s way pretty heavily, but shots on goal were much closer, 7-5, favoring the Bulldogs. There were also two shots on net that did not count for the Golden Eagles because the offsides flag was up. Perhaps that’s why both shots went into the net, as Marquette had derived what could be referred to as an unfair advantage by being offsides, but still: The ball went in the net twice for MU as they were being waved off.
It’s not surprising that these two teams struggled to create one goal between them in this match. That was the same situation in the first meeting between them in Indianapolis earlier this season. In that match, Butler scored in the 84th minute to win.
Even with the loss, Marquette still finds themselves in a solid position in regards to the Big East tournament. The Golden Eagles are 3-3-0, giving them a winning percentage of .500 in conference matches. Butler was and still is in first place, now at 5-1-0 and a winning percentage of .833. The Golden Eagles will have to fend off Xavier and Creighton down the stretch, with both the Musketeers and the Bluejays sitting at .400 with a record of 2-3-0 right now.
Up Next: Hey would you look at that, it’s one of the two teams that Marquette has to fend off down the stretch. The Golden Eagles will play host to Creighton this coming Thursday in a match that was rescheduled from March 4th due to COVID issues with the Bluejays. First kick is set for noon at Valley Fields. MU will need to have a much better performance against Creighton than they did on March 21st, when the Jays won 3-0 in Omaha.