No. 13/10 Musketeers Open A-10 Road Trip With Draw Against Duquesne
Oct. 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The No. 13/10 Xavier men's soccer team began its four-game conference road trip with a 0-0 draw against Duquesne at Rooney Field on Friday night despite having 10 shots on goal and 13 corner kicks.
The Musketeers (9-0-4, 2-0-2 A-10) remain unbeaten and are one of only three teams in the nation without a loss. The draw gives Xavier its eighth league point with five conference games remaining.
Xavier's corner kick marked a new season high for the team that ranked sixth in the league coming into the weekend. It was the second-straight game that the Musketeers tallied 10 shots on goal.
It was the first time that the Musketeers failed to score a goal this season, snapping a 12-game streak, the longest since 1983.
Xavier had its best scoring opportunities in the 15th, 69th and 81st minutes but was unable to capitalize. Gino De Paoli had his shot saved in the early going and the Musketeers had shots from Rhodes Moore and Will Walker go wide in the second half.
De Paoli also had a shot in the 105th minute off a set piece that was saved by Duquesne's Sam Fryier.
The Musketeers controlled paced in the first half and built an 8-2 shot advantage going into the intermission. Xavier finished with a 20-10 total shot advantage on the night and held Duquesne to zero shots on goal or corner kicks.
De Paoli led the way for the Musketeers with seven shots and four attempts on goal. Nick Hagglund and Luke Spencer each recorded three shots on the night. Josh Patterson had four total shots to lead Duquesne.
Goalkeeper Justin Marshall (9-0-4) played all 110 minutes for the Musketeers and earned his 18th-career shutout. His counterpart for Duquesne, Sam Frymier, made 10 saves and went the distance.
Xavier, the nation's second lowest foul team, was whistled for just nine fouls on the night. Two yellow cards were issued to Duquesne in the match.
Xavier returns to action when it takes on St. Bonaventure beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The match will be played at McGraw-Jennings Field in Olean, N.Y.