Men's Soccer Ranked #40 In College Sports Madness' Top 44 Previews
July 24, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team has been ranked No. 40, No. 5 in the BIG EAST, in the College Sports Madness Top 44 Team Previews.
Below is some of what College Sports Madness had to say about the Musketeers. (FULL PREVIEW)
The Xavier soccer program is taking a big step. The move to the Big East will be a tough transition for the Musketeers. It is not just teams like Creighton, Georgetown and Marquette that will make life difficult for Coach Andy Fleming and company, but the quality of the league from top to bottom is something this program has not seen before. However, this is a talented team and they will not drop to the bottom of any league. A middle of the pack finish would be a good season and a middle of the pack finish could put Xavier right on the bubble.
2012 Record: 14-3-5, 6-1-2
Strengths: The Xavier midfield returns plenty of talent and Coach Fleming will adjust the style of play to fit that strength. Gino De Paoli, Matt Walker and Will Walker are all extremely effective players. The trio combined to net 24 goals and record 25 assists. The Walker brothers have a knack for finding the back of the net and should see more opportunities now that forward Luke Spencer is gone. De Paoli can shoot too, but his vision and passing skills are what make him special. He will set up one Walker or the other on countless occasions in 2013. De Paoli will also be the guy who helps the new scorers up top. Spencer led the team with 14 goals and no single player is going to replace him. However, the Musketeers will still have a decent scoring punch. Andrew Jordan, who tallied three goals as a sophomore, could be Spencer's replacement. Calum Latham and incoming freshman Jalen Brown could earn some quality minutes as well. This team may not score nearly as much as they did last season, but that is partly due to the likelihood that Coach Fleming will slow things down while his new strikers adjust. With the talent in the attacking part of the midfield, the Musketeers will be a threat to find the back of the net when they need to.
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College Sports Madness has started the coverage of Men's College Soccer with the countdown of the Top 44 Soccer teams with in-depth previews each day leading up to the start of the season. As the countdown continues CSM will predict the NCAA tournament bracket and have a regular bracketology update. College Sports Madness' men's soccer coverage also includes key draft eligible player profiles and recruits rankings. As the season progresses they will have weekly player awards and team rankings. Each team and conference has its own page that consolidates all of this information and makes it easy for fans to see information across all sports.
College Sports Madness covers all aspects of college sports, from recruiting right up through the professional draft. Their preseason previews prepare fans for the upcoming season of their favorite teams and can then follow their team all the way through the post season. The Madness helps the college fan follow their favorite teams with their unique team pages that, in one place, brings together information about that school's sports teams from the football squad to the women's soccer team and everything in between.