Men's Soccer Drops Wild Opener to Lipscomb, 3-2
Aug. 29, 2014
With the loss, the Musketeers drop to 0-1 and face a daunting road trip to No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Badgers currently own the nation’s longest home winning streak at 14 straight wins.
Sophomore Jalen Brown set a career-high with three points, assisting on Xavier's first goal and scoring in the 87th minute. Freshman Josh Grant, a Cincinnati-native, supplied the Musketeers first tally while making his collegiate debut in the midfield.
Senior Eric Osswald went the full 90 in goal, allowing three scores and making two saves.
A rowdy crowd of 1,129 was on hand, with complementary vuvuzelas in hand, as both sides held firm through the first 44 minutes. Lipscomb, the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Sun Conference, would ruin the mood by striking first off a restart.
Xavier ceded the go-ahead goal with under a minute to play before the break, committing a foul near midfield to set up a free kick for Lipscomb. Bison forward Reece Holcombe teed up the ball and found Anthony Cedano in the box, who buried a header to the left post.
Just under three minutes into the second half Lipscomb struck again on a breakaway by Matt Kerridge, who beat Osswald left to make it a 2-0 game.
Heading into the final 10 minutes, the score remained the same until Brown found Grant in the box to put Xavier on the board. The Bison answered immediately, however, finding the net again 17 second seconds later to go back up 3-1.
Brown then finished off a breakaway with a nifty move in the box, connecting just inside the left post in the 87th minute.
Back within one, freshman Eric McWoods narrowly missed the equalizer as time expired, allowing Lipscomb to escape with a wild road win that saw a total of 26 fouls. Two Bison players were tagged with yellow cards in a match highlighted by physical play.
Goalkeeper Nate Davis recorded a game-high five saves in his college debut for the Bison, including four in the first half.
For the match, Xavier held a 13-10 advantage in shots and a 6-5 edge in corners.