Morley's Late Goal Helps XU To A 3-3 Draw With Dutch Lions
April 20, 2011
CINCINNATI - Two converted penalty kicks from sophomore Luke Spencer and a goal from sophomore Ed Morley gave the Xavier men's soccer team a 3-3 draw against the Dayton Dutch Lions Tuesday night at Corcoran Field.
Spencer scored his second and third goals of the spring season, while Morley netted his first of the spring for the Musketeers who are now 1-1-3. The team will play its final spring game April 28 against Ohio Wesleyan.
Although head coach Andy Fleming has called the spring season a time for learning and said Tuesday's game was no different.
"As a coach you want everything to be positive, rewarding, and in the right direction," he said. "However, you also realize that sometimes, especially in the spring, tough lessons happen and we need to learn from them. In the first half we played very well defensively but were stagnant in the attack. The second half was completely opposite for us."
All of the game's six goals were scored in a span of 20 minutes in the second half, with Xavier holding a brief 3-2 lead after Morley's goal in the 77th minute. It took less than 30 seconds for the Dutch Lions to score the equalizer and final goal of the game.
Dayton opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 59th minute. A foul in the goalie's box in the 66th minute put Spencer in position to make his first penalty kick of the night. A long, deflected shot in the 70th minute allowed the Dutch Lions to retake the lead, 2-1.
It took only 32 seconds for the Musketeers to draw even with Spencer nailing another penalty kick and tying the game back up.
Morley would then put the Musketeers up, with a well-connected goal. Freshman Gino Depaoli found Jack McDermott, who drew the goalkeeper out before crossing the ball back to Morley. A ball played across the box was luckily put in by Dayton to tie the game at 3-all.
Although Fleming was happy with how his team responded offensively in the second half, he said he feels teams have struggled this spring to create goals on the run against them
"Dating back to the Butler game, seven of the last eight goals we've allowed have all been on a restart or have occurred near the beginning of end of halves or within five minute of us scoring," Fleming said. "These are the things that we warn our players about and yet they have plagued us lately."
The Musketeers will have one final spring tune up before they begin their quest to defend the Atlantic 10 Championship. Fleming believes that this game humbled the team and will help in the long run.
"In the end, this game allowed our players to see that we must stay true to what allowed us to have success so quickly," he said. "We must remain honest, efficient, disciplined, and think and play as a team. This spring we have learned the value of that."
Shots: Dayton Dutch Lions 23, Xavier 5