Xavier Falls To Saint Louis In Atlantic 10 Semis, 1-0
Nov. 9, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 15/14 Xavier men's soccer chance at repeating as the three-time Atlantic 10 Champions came to an end on Friday night as second-seed Saint Louis defeated the third-seed Musketeers, 1-0, in the A-10 Semifinals at Transamerica Field.
The Musketeers (13-2-5, 6-1-2 A-10) were handed just their second loss of the season and had a seven-match A-10 postseason unbeaten streak come to an end as well. The Musketeers will have to wait until the men's soccer selection show at 5:30 p.m. on Monday to see if they have earned a spot in a third-straight NCAA Tournament.
Saint Louis (15-4-0, 7-2-0) benefited from a late goal from Kinglsey Bryce in the 82nd minute to capture a spot in the A-10 finals on Sunday. Bryce cleaned up a header off a cross shot that hit the inside of the post with a header for the score. The Billikens, ranked 25th in the nation, will face either VCU or Charlotte in the finals.
Xavier's scoring chances came in bunches throughout the match but XU was unable to capitalize on eight shots, three of which were on net. Saint Louis held advantages on shots (18-7), shots on goal (5-3) and corner kicks (6-5).
Andrew Jordan, who earned his fourth-career start, had two shots on goal early for the Musketeers who beat Saint Louis to open up the conference season. Will Walker and Luke Spencer registered two shots for Xavier. Raymond Lee had four shots and two on goal for Saint Louis.
Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall (13-2-5) and Saint Louis' Nick Shackelford (15-4-0) each made three saves in the match.
The 2012 season has been another record-breaking year for the Musketeers who set new single-season best for wins and assists. Xavier had the nation's third-highest scoring offense coming into the weekend. The Musketeers have 47 goals and 55 assists this season.
Xavier started off the season with a 14-match unbeaten streak and was one of the final two teams (Maryland) left without a loss. The Musketeers also had two 10-plus goal scorers for the first time since 1997 and were one of two teams in the nation to have that.