No. 16 Charlotte Sneaks Past Xavier On Deflected Overtime Goal
Oct. 28, 2011
CHARLOTTE - Xavier battled for 99 minutes in cold and rainy conditions against No. 16 Charlotte who snuck away with a 1-0 win on a deflected golden goal scored in the first overtime period Friday night at Transamerica Field.
The tough loss drops the Musketeers to 9-4-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the league heading into an important Atlantic 10 match against Saint Louis on Sunday. The 49ers' win increased their overall mark to 11-3-2 and 4-1-2 in the conference.
Friday's game was very much liked the thriller that the two teams played in last year's Atlantic 10 Semifinals. Charlotte controlled the offensive categories but was continuously denied by junior goalkeeper Justin Marshall and the Xavier defense.
As the Musketeers looked for openings offensively, Marshall turned away six of the 49ers' chances and had help from his defense who stopped two shots..
The only ball that slipped past Marshall was junior Donnie Smith's deflected shot from the top of the box with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.
Xavier managed four shots to Charlotte's 19 shots. The 49ers held the shots on goal advantage, 9-2.
Marshall (6-3-1) started his first game since Oct. 9 and was handed the loss. Sophomore Klay Davis (10-4-2) made two saves in the winning effort.
The Musketeers pack their bags and head to face the Billikens who defeated Dayton, 3-1, on Friday. Gametime is schedule for a 2 p.m. ET start on Sunday.