Xavier Set To Host Akron In Third Annual Down Syndrome Fundraiser

Head Coach Andy Fleming with his family at the 1st Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Spring Classic.

Head Coach Andy Fleming with his family at the 1st Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Spring Classic.

April 24, 2014

CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team will host Akron, the 2010 NCAA National Champion, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 26) at the Xavier Soccer Complex in the Third Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Spring Classic.

Admission for the match is $5 per person. All proceeds from the match will benefit "Devin's Team" as part of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati Annual Buddy Walk. The team is named after head coach Andy Fleming’s daughter who was born in May 2011.

The 2011 game against Akron broke XU’s single-game attendance record, while the 2012 game against Notre Dame raised over $6,000.

Xavier finished 2013 campaign 10-7-2 overall (6-3-0 BIG EAST) and tied for second in points in the conference, narrowly missing out on first place by just one point on final day of season. The ten wins made them just one of 15 schools with 4 straight ten win seasons. They rank amongst the nation’s top 15 in total wins and NCAA appearances over the past four seasons, and are one of just seven schools with Top 25 MLS draft picks over the past two years.

The Akron Zips captured Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles while posting an overall record of 17-4-1 during Jared Embick's first year as head coach at UA in 2013. The Zips were playing their best soccer in the final third of the season – taking a 10-match unbeaten streak (9-0-1) into the NCAA Tournament. After posting a 3-2 victory over defending NCAA champion Indiana in the first round at home, Akron was denied a return trip to the NCAA Round of 16 after suffering a 1-0 setback in overtime at No. 9-seed Marquette.

The Musketeers are 3-0-1 during their spring exhibition season, which includes a 285 minute shutout streak. XU has picked up wins over Cedarville, Thomas More and Indianapolis.