No. 13/9 Xavier Lets Two Goal Lead Slip Away, Draw Dayton
Oct. 12, 2012
CINCINNATI - The No. 13/9 Xavier men's soccer team received goals from junior Nick Hagglund and redshirt sophomore Will Walker but had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Dayton after allowing two second-half goals on Friday night at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The Musketeers (9-0-3, 2-1-0 A-10) built a two-goal lead midway through the second period but gave up goals to the Flyers (7-3-1, 1-1-1 A-10) in a 42-second span for their first home draw of the year.
Hagglund hammered home his first goal of the season with five seconds to spare in the first half to give the Musketeers the lead at the break. Junior Gino De Paoli kept a possession alive on the end line and serviced Hagglund, who navigated through three defenders for the goal.
Walker tallied his fifth goal of the year, and third in three games, as a long pass from his twin brother Matt Walker allowed him to beat Dayton's goalkeeper Chris Froschauer to the opposite post in the 64th minute.
The two-goal lead was halved by Abe Keller, who fired a shot in the 71st minute that was slowed by Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall but had enough momentum to sneak into the left netting.
Dayton scored the equalizer less than a minute later after Xavier was whistled for foul in the box, giving Keller a penalty kick. The attempt was initially saved by Marshall but was left sitting in front of an open net for Keller.
Both teams recorded 23 shots on the night and Xavier held a 10-8 shot on goal advantage. Marshall made six saves and Froschauer stopped eight for Dayton.
The Musketeers have the remainder of the weekend off and return to play next Friday as they open up their four-game A-10 road trip with Duquesne and St. Bonaventure.