Xavier Falls To Notre Dame In Final Tune Up Match

Matt Walker had two shots in the loss for the Musketeers.

Matt Walker had two shots in the loss for the Musketeers.

Aug. 20, 2012

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In its final preseason game the Xavier men's soccer team lost to Notre Dame on a first-half goal, wrapping up a 0-1-1 exhibition season against tough competition.

The goal came in the 37th minute on free kick by the Fighting Irish's Adam Mena from just outside of the top of the 18-yard box. Despite the loss, many positives were taken away ahead of the regular season.

"Our goals were to compete favorably, take a few steps forward and learn a few things," head coach Andy Fleming said after the match. "Aside from the deflected shot off our wall on the free kick I felt we did some of those things tonight.

"We need to tweak a few things with our attack and get a few guys healthy, but overall this was considerably better than Friday with room for improvements. There are a few fixable mistakes, so we'll get to work on Wednesday and prepare to open with a very good, veteran Northwestern team."

The Musketeers used 18 field players and two goalkeepers in the match. Xavier posted 10 shots compared to Notre Dame's 11. Juniors Matt Walker and Gino De Paoli, and freshman Calum Latham each posted two shots for the Musketeers.

Senior Justin Marshall started in goal for Xavier and played 78 minutes before being lifted for freshman Vince Shaw.

Xavier will open the season against No. 20 Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Last year the Musketeers dropped a 2-0 decision against the Wildcats at the Lakeside Classic.