Men's Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw With Cedarville

Will Walker came up with a big goal in the 69th minute.

Will Walker came up with a big goal in the 69th minute.

Sept. 17, 2013

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CINCINNATI - Junior Will Walker's (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) goal in the 69th minute helped the Xavier men's soccer team earn a 1-1 tie with Cedarville on Tuesday night at the XU Soccer Complex.

In the 69th minute senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) intercepted a Cedarville pass and found Will Walker, who beat the Yellow Jacket goalkeeper, to tie the game at 1-1, which would hold for the remainder of regulation and both overtime periods. It was Will Walker's second goal of the year and Matt Walker's fifth assist of the 2013 campaign.

XU moves to 2-3-1, while Cedarville remains undefeated and moves to 2-0-2 on the year.

"We have to give credit to Cedarville," said head coach Andy Fleming. "For them this was a big game and a great opportunity. They are a very good team and I can see them challenging nationally in Division II. They seized tonight, embraced it and outplayed us in all areas. Our group has made strides and last week won two national level games, yet we have not grown to the point where we can show up, not appreciate the opportunity and outclass teams. For us, everything has to go right and we have to stay in our system. If we do, we are capable of achieving all our goals and being competitive in arguably the best conference in college soccer, if not, we walk a fine line."

The Yellow Jackets were the first to get on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when Connor Gilmour was able to beat XU keeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) to give Cedarville a 1-0 lead early in the match.

Cedarville was very aggressive in the first overtime period, recording four shots to Xavier's one. In the second overtime, neither team was able to create more than one scoring opportunity and the game ended in the 1-1 tie.

The Yellow Jackets held a 16-14 shot advantage over the Blue and White through 110 minutes of play.

Osswald improved to 2-1-1 on the season and recorded five saves in 110 minutes between the pipes, while Cedarville goalkeeper Ethan Dewhurst made four saves in his 110 minutes of action.

The Musketeers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they head to Springfield, Mo. to face Missouri State. The match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.