Don’t look now, but Marquette’s women’s soccer has won six of its last seven games.
In fact, they’re a hard (but fair) handball hit in the 90th minute of this seventh game, nowhere near a seven-game unbeaten streak. Not too bad for a MU side who watched seven straight halves of lousy football earlier this year, which left them 1-3-0 to start the campaign.
In fact, those three straight wins have tied Marquette for second in the Grand Est at the moment. Xavier is also 3-1-0 in the league, and the Golden Eagles and Musketeers are just one point away from 3-0-1 Butler … which just happens to be the team that benefited from this handball in the 90th minute. appeal against Marquette.
I’m not trying to tell you the Golden Eagles are about to win the Big East, that’s nonsense to say. However, I will say that they are within screaming distance of the first place and Thursday’s game will bring MU to the midpoint of the league schedule. There are obviously places much worse than “a point behind first place before Game 5 of 10”, so we’ll gladly take that for now.
With games # 5 and # 6 to come over the next four days, now is the perfect time for Marquette to solidify his place in the table. Their two opponents are currently in the lower half of the league standings, so this is a perfect place for MU to ensure they stay ahead of said opponents. Sure, the Golden Eagles have the advantage of an extra game played to reach nine points right now, but when you have the advantage in sport, it’s important not to let go.
It is also important to take advantage of the chances you have. Xavier and Georgetown appear to have established themselves as the top two teams in the league in the first 10 games of this fall season, and Marquette has yet to play either. Those games have yet to take place in the last four of the season, and it’s probably in MU’s best interest to get points in the standings before they reach the Musketeers or the Hoyas.
Big East Game # 5: Connecticut Huskies (5-5-0, 1-2-0 Big East)
Dated: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. Center
Site: Morrone Stadium, Storrs, Connecticut
Live Statistics: Dissemination of statistics
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWSOC
Marquette is 6-2-1 against Connecticut. UConn’s two wins came in the first three meetings of the series, and the Golden Eagles are 5-0-1 since then, including a 4-1 win in the last meeting, which s ‘took place during the quarter-finals of the Big East 2012 tournament.
I have identified a trend in UConn’s results so far this season. Stay with me here for a moment:
- In their five wins, UConn outscored opponents 11-3, including two shutouts.
- In their five losses, UConn was outscored by opponents 17-1, including four shutouts.
It might sound too simple, but it really applies to Huskies right now: if you stop them from scoring, you win. Their only goal in a loss came in their third game of the season on August 29, and Connecticut scored in the 78th minute as they already led 3-0 against Boston College. If you want to boil it down to just one conference game? 2-1 in their victory, 0-6 in their losses.
The problem with Marquette’s defense is that there is really no one to focus on to stop the score. Three women are tied for the team lead in goals this season with two each and eight women in total have scored one goal. Jaydah Bedoya is one of the three with two goals and she leads the team with 27 shots. More than half of Bedoya’s shots have been on target this season, and so have Duda Santin and Jada Konte, the other two women with two goals. They get quality shots, but not the net ones. Bedoya and Santin also have two assists each on the season, so they can create without shooting.
Kaitlyn Mahoney has started all 10 games for UConn this season and since she played all 90 minutes against Butler last time around, we can expect the New York sophomore to get the green light again on Thursday night. Mahoney stops 75% of the shots on goal, which is respectable, but she seems to have a problem defending on the pitch. While the Huskies allow less than 12 shots per game, Mahoney is averaging nearly four saves per game while allowing 1.80 goals per 90 minutes. You can score against this Huskies team, although I guess the -16 goal differential in their losses tells that story as well.
Big East Match # 6: at Providence Friars (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Big East)
Dated: Sunday 10 October 2021
Time: Midday Central
Site: Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, Providence, Rhode Island
Live Statistics: Handgun Statistics
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWSOC
Marquette is 11-3-2 against Providence. However, Providence’s three wins in the series came in the last three meetings in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
It should be noted that the Friars have a road contest on Thursday afternoon by Sunday, as you would expect since MU also has a game on Thursday. PC will be in PA to take on Villanova, so we’ll see what happens in that one.
5-2-1 is a pretty decent non-conference list for the Friars, especially since one of the losses was on the road to # 22 Rutgers. Honestly, they’ve had a pretty good start to the league as they’ve faced Xavier and Georgetown before, the two teams that are currently garnering votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. They went 0-1-1 with the draw against the Hoyas, and getting a point is a very good result even though GU has drawn half of their opponents this season.
We have to point out that Providence has gone into extra time in all three of its Big East games so far this season. Xavier scored in the 95th minute in a 1-0 game where PC outscored the Musketeers 15-7 in regulation, while Kyla Gallagher scored for Providence in the 94th minute for a 1-0 home win over Creighton. I don’t know what that says about the Brothers and the Grand Est, but it’s easy to say that scoring regulation goals is good for Marquette here.
Stopping Meg Hughes is the No.1 priority for Marquette in this game. The 5’6 “second-year Massachusetts leads the team in goals with six and is tied with two other teammates for the team lead in assists with three. That makes nine of 22 goals. of PCs this year that have involved Hughes in one way or another, and she does so with an average of just over 3.3 shots per game. Gillian Kenney is one of the other two with three assists. decisive, and it looks like Marquette will have to watch out for the scorecard for this one. Kenney has only started in two of Providence’s 11 games and has only played 550 of her over 1,000 minutes this year. still has four assists with those three assists, so Massachusetts’ freshman makes a big impact in very little playing time. For what it’s worth, she posted a record 73 minutes last played against Georgetown.
Emma Bodmer is the starting goalie for Providence and she stops 79% of shots on goal. the 5’10 “New Jersey native has played all but 25 minutes this season, and those 25 minutes have been spread over three games. Giving up four goals in 83 minutes against Rutgers still weighs on her goals-against average as she stands Currently standing at 1.15 Since that game on August 29, Bodmer has only allowed more than one goal once – that was against Wisconsin, and that was also five games ago.