Xavier Drops Down Syndrome Awareness Classic To Notre Dame

Head coach Andy Fleming and his daughter Devin who has Down syndrome.

Head coach Andy Fleming and his daughter Devin who has Down syndrome.

April 20, 2013

CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team closed out its difficult spring season schedule and raised significant funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati on Saturday night against Notre Dame.

The Musketeers, who lost the game to the Fighting Irish 5-2, drew a single-game record crowd of 1,256 for the Second Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Classic that raised funds for "Devin's Team" which will be donated as part of the DSAGC's annual Buddy Walk in September.

More than $3,000 was collected at the turnstyle with additional donations being given by fans at the gate. A final contribution will be available at a later date.

Prior to the start of the match Devin, along with others with Down syndrome, joined the Xavier starters and were introduced to the over-capacity crowd and received a thunderous ovation. Devin, head coach Andy Fleming's daughter, was the honorary captain and began the game with a ceremonious kick of the game ball.

In the match Xavier built a 2-0 advantage on goals from Andrew Jordan and Will Walker in the first half to take an early lead.

Jordan's goal came in the 12th minute as he received his corner kick back from Gino De Paoli and pulled the trigger from 25 yards out. His shot crossed the box and tucked into the right portion of the net.

In the 19th minute Walker received a crossing pass from Jordan and fired to the left of the Notre Dame goalkeeper for the score.

Notre Dame would tack on one goal in the closing moments of the first half before tallying four scores in the second half.

Despite allowing four goals Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald made six saves.



The match closed out the spring season for the Musketeers who notched wins over Indiana and Louisville. Xavier also faced Akron, Bowling Green and a U-18 team from Canada.