Xavier Faces Lipscomb In First Road Contest Of Season

Goalkeeper Justin Marshall shutout the Bisons last season.
 
Goalkeeper Justin Marshall shutout the Bisons last season.
 

Sept. 3, 2011

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CINCINNATI - In search of its first road victory of the season, the Xavier men's soccer team travels to Nashville to face Lipscomb in a 3 p.m. ET game on Sunday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Musketeers are 1-0-0 after defeating Marshall Thursday night at home. The Bisons enter the game with a 0-3-0 record.

This will be the just the second meeting between the two schools. Xavier defeated Lipscomb 1-0 last season in the first meeting between the two schools. Last year's victory sparked a 6-1-1- run for the Musketeers the best in an eight-game period since 1995.

Andy Dimbi gave the Musketeers their first victory of the season in that game, with a converted penalty kick in the 41st minute. It was a physical game as five yellow cards were handed out, including one that lead to Dimbi's goal.

Xavier captured a 1-0 victory against the Thundering Herd, with a 10th minute goal from redshirt freshman Will Walker. The win came off the heels of an impressive exhibition season that included wins over No. 17 Indiana and Div. III powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan and 1-1 tie against No. 11 Notre Dame.

The Musketeers had a strong offensive output in their first regular season game of the season. Thirteen shots were fired for Xavier, with junior forward Luke Spencer leading all players with five. Spencer and redshirt sophomore Tanner Petrick recorded assists on the Musketeers goal, while sophomore Matt Walker racked up four shots and led both clubs with two shots on net.

Junior goalkeeper Justin Marshall blanked his opponent for the 11th time in his career and is now two shy of the Musketeers all-time record. He set the single-season record with nine shutouts last season. He made six saves against the Thundering Herd, including two crucial stops at the beginning of the second half.

 

 

Lipscomb has struggled on both sides of the ball over its first three games. The Bisons lost to High Point 2-1 on Thursday, with the lone goal coming as an own goal in the second half. Sunday's game will be the second home game of the year for Lipscomb.

The Bisons' offense has struggled to get shots away this season. Lipscomb is averaging just 7.3 shots per game in comparison to allowing 16. Opponents are averaging 2.67 goals per game against, and have seven assists on the eight allowed goals.

Junior midfielder Jeremy Reid has the lone goal of the year for the Bisons, and is tied with senior forward Andrew Chamerblain with four shots. Chamberlain has placed two of those four shots on target and is tied with classmate Garrett Pettis in that category.

Senior Brent McGee is Lipscomb's net minder and is currently making just 61.9 percent of save chances in 270 minutes of work.

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