Musketeers Play To 2-2 Draw With Fighting Irish In Exhibition Play

Will Walker scored twice in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Notre Dame.

Will Walker scored twice in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Notre Dame.

April 14, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Xavier men's soccer team benefitted from two goals scored by freshman Will Walker, but was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Norte Dame in exhibition play on Saturday afternoon.

“The days of moral victories with this program are a thing of the past and this feels like a loss,” head coach Andy Fleming said. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game on the road after playing a poor first half and the let the game finish, rather than finishing the game.”

Walker scored in the 56th and 77th minute for the Musketeers, who were playing their third spring exhibition game. His first goal was assisted by junior Luke Spencer who slipped a pass to him on a breakaway.

Xavier's second goal was setup by a trio of sophomore midfielders. Andy Kaplan started the goal by sending the ball to Matt Walker who passed it onto Gino Depaoli. It was then cut back to Will Walker who tapped it in.

It marks the second time in as many years that Walker has scored twice during spring exhibition play. He scored bookend goals in a 2-2 draw against Akron last year.

Notre Dame scored goals in the 86th and 93rd minutes to force a draw. Stoppage time was added during the match since an official clock was not available.

“Our urgency, level of alertness, and respecting the fact that our opponent could score on us were not up to the standards in the final ten minutes and I expect more from a veteran team,” Fleming said. “We will use this as a teaching moment and be better prepared for the next time we are in this situation.”

Xavier returns home next week to host the Dayton Dutch Lions and Akron. The Musketeers take on the Lions on Tuesday and the Zips in a match that is schedule for a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.

Saturday's game will be a fundraiser for Devin's Team, which is named after Fleming's daughter who was diagnosed with Down syndrome last year. All proceeds raised from the $5 admission will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.