Men’s soccer loses to Providence Saturday

Frigid temperatures, 15 mph winds and a 2-0 loss comprised the afternoon contest against Providence.

Coming off of a solid 2-0 victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, the Golden Eagles were unable to carry that momentum over to the weekend.,”Saturday's game at Valley Fields was pretty much what fans have come to expect from the Marquette men's soccer team.

Frigid temperatures, 15 mph winds and a 2-0 loss comprised the afternoon contest against Providence.

Coming off of a solid 2-0 victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, the Golden Eagles were unable to carry that momentum over to the weekend.

The Friars got off to an earlier start and were able to build on it without much trouble.

The first goal came in the 20th minute and was first credited to Providence's Ryan Maduro. But in the second half it was decided that the goal was, in fact, knocked it by a Marquette's Tom Lynn.

"It wasn't a miscommunication," Marquette goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski said. Lynn "came sliding in with another guy and it unfortunately hit off Tommy."

The Golden Eagles' bad luck continued as Providence scored again only four minutes later. A Friar's cross was tipped out by keeper Matt Pyzdrowski, but the rebound was taken by Providence and passed it off to Matt Marcin who knocked it in with his heel to make the score 2-0 Providence.

Marquette had a lot of trouble finding opportunities on goal other than their own, finishing the first half with only three shots and zero on goal. Providence also finished with three shots but all three were on goal.

The second half wasn't much different either. The only break Marquette received was when a Providence player was called for a yellow card in the 63rd minute.

The Golden Eagles saw a few more open looks as time wore down and Bennett began using three forwards, but they were still unable to convert those chances into goals.

Marquette ended with nine shots but only one on goal versus Providence's five shots with four of them being on goal.

"I think everyone that was here had every right to be disappointed in our play," Bennett said. "I didn't think we were ever really engaged in the game.

"I think the importance of the game may have gotten to them. The game was bigger than we were prepared to play."

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