Beto Soto factored in on both of Marquette men’s soccer’s goals on Friday night as the #13 ranked Golden Eagles picked up a 2-1 win over Kansas City. MU is now a perfect 3-0-0 on the season with a big test facing them in their next match.
The best way to win at soccer is to score early and score often. Christian Marquez took care of that first part on Friday, one-timing a pass from Soto into the net for a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the match.
GOAL: Christian Marquez scored in the third minute, the assist from Beto Soto. (1-0 MU) pic.twitter.com/31SpZiLWqR— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) September 4, 2021
Quite honestly, I missed this goal live because I was watching from the comfort of my couch at home due to rain predictions in the forecast and I was reaching for my beer.
Marquette didn’t live up to the “often” part, at least not right away. Kazuki Kimura got the chance to level the match in the 21st minute, making use of KC’s second shot of the match to beat MU keeper Chandler Hallwood going the long way into the net. This was a “Oh, Hallwood should be able to fall on this roller as it gets to him...... and he did not and it’s in the net” kind of goal, one that I would presume that Hallwood would love to get back.
No worries, though, as Soto put the Golden Eagles back out in front 13 minutes later. Sam Thornton appeared to try to chip the keeper into the far wall, but Roos keeper Cooper Clark tracked it well through the air.... but did not catch it. It bounced past him into the path of the oncoming Soto, who cleaned it up for the easy goal.
'34 | Soto scores after a Thornton cross to take the lead!— Marquette Soccer (@marquettesoccer) September 4, 2021
MU 2, UMKC 1 pic.twitter.com/KdmuyVnc1D
That was it for scoring in the half, and as it would turn out, in the match as well. The Golden Eagles took control of play in the second half, outshooting Kansas City 8-3, and they kept those three away from Hallwood as he didn’t have to make a stop at all after intermission.
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Up Next: Well, let me tell you what, we are going to learn some things about Marquette the next time that they take the field. On Monday night, the Golden Eagles will face their first road match of the season, and it will come against Tulsa, a team that’s receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. I presume that the Golden Hurricane will be ranked the next time that poll updates, as they beat #8 Missouri State 3-0 on Friday night to move to 3-0-0 on the year.