Men's Soccer Picks Up 1-0 Shutout Over Crosstown Rival Cincinnati
Sept. 25, 2013
CINCINNATI - In a match that saw eight yellow cards and tons of physical play, the Xavier University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to five games after knocking off rival Cincinnati, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Gettler Stadium.
The Musketeers improved to 3-3-2, while the Bearcats fell to 2-5-1 on the year. The XU senior class also improved to 2-0-2 against UC.
“This was a well deserved, hard fought win by our group,” said head coach Andy Fleming. “I felt that we weathered some storms and defended an array of set pieces against a team who is very good at them and again did well in what wasn’t the best of matchups for us. To get a goal after losing Matt Walker and to manage the game fairly well in its final stanzas says a lot about this team.”
After slow start to the match, XU found the back of the net in the 35th minute when Will Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) dumped a pass to Andrew Jordan (Lampeter, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) on the far side, who then beat the UC keeper low to the near side.
The Blue and White went on to hold off the Bearcats to pick up the win, despite a 14-9 shot advantage for the Bearcats and a 7-1 advantage on corners. The match was incredibly physical, with a combined 38 fouls and eight yellow cards given.
Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) recorded his third shutout of the season, and registered five saves on the day.
“We had several guys come off the bench and plug minutes for a full team effort,” stated Fleming. “We have now logged three shutouts in our last five games and have lost just one of our last 13 halves, which is why we’ve climbed back to .500 after an 0-3 start. I’m especially proud of our seniors who four years ago committed to a first-time head coach and put this program on the map. To go out unbeaten against your rival is a feather in their caps.”
The Musketeers will look to continue to build on their five match unbeaten streak as they host the first BIG EAST contest in program history when Marquette comes to the XU Soccer Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28. The match, which is slated to start at 7 p.m., will be ‘XU Pots and Pans Night’, so all fans are encouraged to come out and make lots of noise.