Local product Josh Grant (Mason, Ohio) scored his first collegiate goal in Xavier's home opener last Friday.
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CINCINNATI - Xavier men's soccer looks for its first result of the season, traveling to Bradley for a 8 p.m. ET meeting with Bradley on Thursday in Peoria, Ill. at Shea Stadium. The Musketeers then return home to the XU Soccer Complex on Sunday, facing Cornell at 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Musketeers sit at 0-2 after dropping their home opener, 3-2, to Lipscomb and falling 4-0 at then-No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday.
• Then-No. 21 Wisconsin contained the Musketeer offense in Madison, limiting XU to four shots, while handing the team its most lopsided loss in the Andy Fleming-era. It was the first time Xavier lost by at least four goals since Nov. 6, 2009 at Dayton.
• Xavier scored twice in the last 10 minutes during its home opener, but could not equalize after getting down 2-0 just after the half. Lipscomb was the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Sun.
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
• Bradley stands 1-1 on the young season after hosting the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic. The Braves defeated San Jose State on Friday before falling 4-3 on Sunday against UNLV.
• The Braves feature the 2013 MVC Freshman of the Year, Christian Okeke, who posted six goals and four assists as a rookie. Okeke was named the MVC’s first Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, as the forward from Wichita Falls, Texas assisted on four of Bradley’s six goals.
• The program returns 13 lettermen, including five starters, from last year’s squad that went 14-7-2 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. On the flip side, the team lost 12 letterwinners, including MVC Player of the Year Wojciech Wojcik and four-year starting keeper Brian Billings.
• Bradley is 76-36-11 (.662) all-time at Shea Stadium, a former minor league baseball facility that has served as the team’s home since 2003.
• Xavier trails the all-time matchup with Bradley, 3-0, as the two sides meet for the first time since 2009 -- a 2-0 loss in Peoria on Sept. 12. Bradley has out-scored XU 5-1 in those three meetings, all away matches, including a 2-1 loss on Sept. 19, 2008 and a 1-0 loss on Sept. 22, 1991.
• Jalen Brown was the recipient of Xavier’s first weekly award of the season, making the BIG EAST Honor Roll after recording a career-high three points in the team’s home opener on Friday versus Lipscomb. Brown, a BIG EAST All-Rookie selection last year, assisted on Josh Grant’s first collegiate goal in the 81st minute before connecting for his own in the 87th.
'THE TEN MEN'
• Xavier went 10-7-2 in 2013 to record its fourth consecutive season with 10 or more wins. The Musketeers are one of just 12 programs to stack up 10-plus wins in each of the last four seasons. Coming into 2014, Xavier’s combined record of 46-22-15 (.643) ranked in the top-15 nationally.
WE DON’T REBUILD, WE RELOAD
• Xavier graduated a nine-member senior class that led the program to three NCAA Tournaments and 46 wins over the past four years, but brings in the nation’s 26th-ranked recruiting class according to College Soccer News.
• Head coach Andy Fleming has assembled 13-straight top-40 recruiting classes.