Matt Walker tallied his 11th goal of the year for Xavier on Sunday.
Nov. 18, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Xavier men's soccer season that included a record for most wins came to an end on Sunday after a 4-1 loss to Indiana in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Second Round at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The Musketeers' (14-3-5) lone goal came from junior Matt Walker who tallied his 11th goal of the season in the 33rd minute. Nikita Kotlov scored a hat trick for the Hoosiers (12-5-3) who advance to face top-seeded Notre Dame in the third round on Sunday.
Xavier held even with the seven-time national champion in the first half and had several scoring opportunities including Walker's equalizers in the 33rd minute. His goal came off one of the seven corner kicks the Musketeers had in the first half.
Junior Gino De Paoli's service was cleared to Cohen whose attempt at a shot went to senior Luke Spencer just outside the corner of the six-yard box. Spencer, the A-10 leading scorer, quickly dropped the ball to Walker who ripped a shot to the near post for the score
Despite the outcome Xavier battled head-to-head with the Hoosiers until late when they attempted to come back from a 2-1 deficit.
The Musketeers came close to the score when Will Walker ran underneath a long pass and hit an attempt that went over the crossbar with the goalie coming out of net.
Indiana then added goals from Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Kotlov's third of the match late. Kotlov had scores in the 18th, 68th and 83rd minutes. His first goal hit the far post and snuck into goal before Adar Cohen could clear it off the line. Kotlov's second came on a curling shot from the corner of the penalty box into the upper 90 and his last was a tap in on a counter attack.
Xavier finished the match with seven shots with only one coming after the first half. Indiana fired 11 total shots including six on net to XU's four.
Justin Marshall made one save in his appearance in goal for Xavier. Luis Soffner made three saves in the victory for IU. Spencer led all Xavier players with three shots and also had two shots on goal along with Matt Walker. Kotlov had a game-high four shots for IU.
The campaign was a banner year for the Musketeers who bested the previous win total by two and had school records for assists and points. Xavier's win against Kentucky in the first round of the tournament was the program's first in addition to the at-large bid the team received.
It was the final match for Spencer, Marshall, Cohen, Sean Ryan, Andre Bezerra and James Queree. The six players reached three NCAA Tournaments, won two Atlantic 10 Championships and helped Xavier set numerous records.