Nick Hagglund scored the game-winning goal for Xavier.
Oct. 21, 2012
The Musketeers improve to 10-0-4 overall on the year and 3-0-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies drop to 4-11-0 and 2-3-0 in the conference.
"That is the best win of the season and one of the best since I've been here. We sat three starters who were late to a pregame meeting and allowed an early, fluky goal as a result," head coach Andy Fleming said. "However we stayed the course, scored two timely goals and were very composed in what is the A-10's toughest road environment."
With the win Xavier remains as one of the nation's two unbeaten teams. The only other unbeaten team is Maryland.
Spencer scored Xavier's first goal on a penalty kick in the 34th minute after the Musketeers fell behind in the 24th minute. It was Spencer's 10th goal of the season and the second conversion on a PK this season.
Hagglund scored his second goal of the season and second in three games off junior Gino De Paoli's free kick in the second half. His goal gave the Musketeers the lead for good and the Musketeers went on to increase their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.
"We played very sharp on Friday were very organized and I was very pleased despite the draw," Fleming said. "I'm very proud of our entire program for the work they put in this past week. We are going need an even better effort as move onto a very talented and hot VCU team next Friday."
St. Bonaventure scored its goal in the 24th minute on a scrum in front of the net. James Reed finished on a shot taken by Brad Vanino that Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall first deflected.
Xavier recorded only eight shots on the day compared to St. Bonaventure's 13. The Bonnies also had seven shots on goal to Xavier's three.
Spencer and Hagglund each had two shots for the Musketeers. Vanino had six shots to lead St. Bonaventure.
Marshall made six saves in the victory and St. Bonaventure's Abel Bautista made two saves.
The Musketeers continue their road trip next weekend with matches against VCU and Richmond.