Men's Soccer Minute: Thursday's Look Around the League

Notre Dame Comes Back to Defeat Marquette

No. 8/7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with three second-half goals to claim a 3-1 win over No. 3 Marquette in BIGEAST action on Wednesday evening at Alumni Stadium. Senior forward Ryan Finley netted two goals, while fellow senior Kyle Richard had one. The trio of goals came in a span of 6:26. 

 
Blue Division Tied Up
Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame are in a four-way tie at 5-2-0 atop the BIG EAST Blue Division standings. The Irish will close out the regular season Saturday at Marquette, while Georgetown hosts Seton Hall and Connecticut hosts Providence. The Hoyas defeated the Pirates 2-0 on Oct. 24, while the Huskies dropped a 1-0 decision at Providence. 
 
Louisville Wraps Up Nonconference Play
No. 14 Louisville defeated UC Irvine 2-1 Wednesday evening in the home finale at Cardinal Park.  The Cardinals scored two second half goals to come from behind to beat the Anteaters.
 
Golden Eagles 14-2-0 Overall 
Both of Marquette's (14-2-0, 5-2-0 BIG EAST) losses this season have come on the road against top-10 nationally ranked division opponents.
 
Fighting Irish Holding it Down at Home
The Irish close out the regular season undefeated on their home pitch. 
 
Fighting for Playoff Berths
With a 2-0 loss to No. 6/8 Georgetown, the BIG EAST Championship picture did not get any clearer for SHU. The Pirates entered the day with a three-point lead over Providence for fifth place in the Blue Division, but the Friars upset No. 3/4 Connecticut to move into a tie for fifth with Seton Hall heading into the final game of the regular season. Seton Hall holds the tiebreaker over Providence via its 2-1 victory over the Friars back on Oct. 3, but both teams still have a chance to help themselves, with Seton Hall and Providence having rematches with Georgetown and Connecticut on Saturday. 
 
Rutgers Defeats Villanova in Overtime
Junior forward Kene Eze posted two goals as Rutgers won 3-2 against Villanova in overtime Wednesday night at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights move to 7-7-1 on the season, including 3-3-1 in BIG EAST play, and will await future results to determine their postseason fate.