After a potential game-tying goal was disallowed with just over 20 minutes left, the Golden Eagles (1-3-1, 0-1-0 Big East) dropped a 1-0 decision to No.,”In soccer, the difference between winning and losing can often be a referee's whistle. For Marquette's men's soccer team on Saturday night, the difference between winning and losing may have been a scoreboard buzzer.
After a potential game-tying goal was disallowed with just over 20 minutes left, the Golden Eagles (1-3-1, 0-1-0 Big East) dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 8 Notre Dame (3-1-1, 1-0-0) at Valley Fields.
With Marquette trailing 1-0 in the game's 63rd minute, game officials assessed a foul on Notre Dame. The scoreboard operator signaled for a television timeout and sounded the scoreboard buzzer, but the referee allowed the Golden Eagles to play the ball.
Sophomore Tom Lynn redirected a crossing pass into the back of the Fighting Irish net, but it was ruled that the buzzer should have stopped play and the goal was discounted.
"There was a foul, we played the ball quickly, crossed it and put it in. We thought it was a good goal," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. "It was just a miscommunication between the officials. It was an unfortunate series of errors, and that's all I can say."
Notre Dame scored early when junior defender Jack Traynor netted a free kick from 35 yards in the game's ninth minute. The Fighting Irish attempted 14 shots during the game, allowing just six shots to Marquette.
"Notre Dame scored on a bit of a strange goal, they caught (goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski) a little unaware, the goal really caught him from surprise," Bennett said. "I think that in the first half Notre Dame had a lot of scoring opportunities and we had to kind of fend them off."
At the 23-minute mark, Notre Dame had another great scoring opportunity stopped by the right goal post. Pyzdrowski settled down from there, making three saves and shutting out Notre Dame for the rest of the game.
And while the Golden Eagles may have had their best scoring opportunity taken away, they did manage to create some opportunities of their own.
"I thought we had two wonderful chances. I think we were a little unlucky to not get something from those opportunities," Bennett said. "I think once we adjusted to the speed of play and we started putting equal effort and equal tactical awareness to the game, I thought it was an even game."
The game was the Big East opener for both teams, and Bennett said the match was indicative of games to come in conference play.
"The better teams that you play, you won't be able to dominate teams and you won't be able to have all the play," he said. "If you look at any of the top-20 games, none of them are like that. I think that today, we see where the line in the sand is between the cans and the cannots."