Xavier Draws Against Dayton, Waits On A-10 Postseason Berth
Nov. 5, 2011
DAYTON - Sophomore Gino Depaoli and redshirt freshman Will Walker each scored and Xavier fired off a season-high 32 shots in the final regular season of the game, which ended in a 2-2 draw against Dayton on Saturday night at Baujan Field.
The Musketeers finish their regular season with a 10-4-3 overall record and 4-3-2 mark in the Atlantic 10. Dayton closes out its season with a 5-13-1 overall mark and 4-4-1 league record.
With 14 league points Xavier sits alone in fifth place in the conference standings with five league games left to play on Sunday. A win would have sealed a spot in next week's tournament for the Musketeers who will have to wait until all results are final to find out if they are one of the six teams that will play for the league trophy.
The Musketeers got on the board in the 31st minute on DePaoli's third free-kick goal of the year. The midfielder's fifth goal of the season was taken from the top of the box and placed just under the cross bar.
Dayton tied the game moments later as Evan McCreary's shot deflected off a Xavier defender and past goalkeeper Justin Marshall. The Flyers would take the lead after intermission as Jack Pearson placed his header in the net on a corner kick attempt from Abe Keller in the 58th minute.
The Musketeers came out firing in the second half racking up 15 shots in the half, including Walker's equalizer in the 65th minute.
It was the second goal of the year for the midfielder who buried a rebound from his brother's - Matt Walker - attempt that hit the post.
Xavier had other opportunities to score including changes by DePaoli, who finished with a game-high eight shots, and junior forward Luke Spencer. Unfortunately nothing found the back of the net for the Musketeers.
Eight shots were had by the Musketeers in the second overtime period with four being turned away by Flyers' goalkeeper Alec Storm.
Marshall made six saves on the night in 102 minutes of work. He missed eight minutes after colliding with a defender in the second half. He finishes the regular season with a 7-3-2 mark. Storm collected eight saves for the Flyers and moves to 5-11-1 on the year.
More information on Xavier's postseason chances will be available on GoXavier.com and its social media outlets.