Men's Soccer Earns Second Consecutive Draw, Tie Missouri State 0-0
Sept. 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Xavier men’s soccer team (2-3-2) and the Missouri State Bears (4-1-1) played to a double-overtime scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon at Plaster Field.
This was the second consecutive overtime game for XU, with both ending in ties.
"I have to say that this was a solid effort by us and we did well to get a shutout today," said head coach Andy Fleming. "We had a header taken off the line by their defender and missed a near breakaway in the second overtime, which despite just a handful of shots is all we should have needed."
The Musketeers had a few opportunities throughout the contest, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the net, and were outshot by the Bears 14-3. A corner kick served into Todd Pratzner (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) in 60th minute from Will Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) was headed into open net and taken off line by a Missouri State player guarding post. The final chance for XU to win the match came with three minutes left in the second overtime when senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) broke lose from a defender and missed wide left on a breakaway shot from 15 yards out.
“From halftime on I feel like we did pretty well in what was not a great matchup for us at arguably one of the nation’s toughest places to play. They had six players over 6’2 and I thought we grinded, fought well and continued to be tight defensively. We are unbeaten in our last four matches and aside from our overall record are pretty happy with most of the aspects of our team, especially in the past two weeks. Our players are growing every day, aren’t satisfied and truly believe we will hit our stride at the right time. I like this group a lot”
Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) recorded his second shutout of the season, and recorded five saves on the day.
The Musketeers return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when they face to face crosstown rival Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium.