Seniors Send Off Xavier With 2-0 Victory Over George Washington
Oct. 16, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team closed out its home schedule in fitting style with a 2-0 victory over George Washington on Senior Day, which included a game-winning goal from senior Andrew Boisvert and a shutout by senior goalkeeper Ryan Engelmann.
It was the second straight Atlantic 10 victory for the Musketeers who are 2-1-1 in the conference and 8-2-2 overall. George Washington lost its second-straight match to drop to 2-2-0 in the league and 4-6-2 overall.
"A solid finish to a great bounce back weekend for us," head coach Andy Fleming said. "It began with great commitment from everyone during the week and culminated with two convincing shutout victories and six crucial points."
Boisvert, one of three seniors honored prior to the game, scored in the 21st minute to give Xavier its 1-0 lead. Sophomore midfielder Gino Depaoli played a long pass ahead to Boisvert who beat the backline and put a soft shot over the Colonials' goalkeeper. It was the second-career goal for the midfielder who scored for the first time in Friday's win over Richmond.
George Washington spent most of the first half limiting the Musketeers' chances, even after falling behind. The Colonials changed tacit in second half and applied more pressure with 10 shots, including five on goal.
Engelmann and the Xavier defense remained solid despite the change of attack and went on to post their second shutout over the weekend and sixth this season. Engelmann (2-0-1) made five saves, all in the second half, on his Senior Day.
"I felt that we played a strong first half and were in command of the game. However they pressed us a bit higher early in the second half and our performance became a bit inconsistent at times," Fleming said. "A timely second goal helped separate us and then we did well to hold on in what was a typical A-10 Sunday game."
Defender Sean Ryan was the third senior honored on Sunday. He finished the day with two shots, but it was play against the Colonials' Yoni Berhanu and Seth Rudolph that was the difference maker. The two had combined for 11 goals entering the game, and were held to just two total shots.
"I want to commend our three seniors, who stuck with this program during some bad times and were very helpful as our staff transitioned here," Fleming said. "They embody what our program is - solid students who embrace their roles and are great teammates. The script was perfect with the seniors getting a shutout, the winning goal and a strong 90-minute effort."
DePaoli put Xavier up 2-0 in the 64th minute with his fourth goal of the season. Redshirt freshman Will Walker pushed the pace up field and played the ball across the top of the box. Junior Luke Spencer found his pass and left it to DePaoli, who went low to beat Brendan Lafferty.
All of the remaining five conference games will be played on the road for the Musketeers, who are 3-1-1 this season in games away from their home pitch. First up will be a weekend trip to Philadelphia to face Temple on Friday afternoon and Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
Lafferty (0-3-2) was handed the in loss in his first A-10 start. George Washington controlled shots, 12-8. Xavier had the edge on corner kicks, 7-0.