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Local product Josh Grant (Mason, Ohio) scored his first collegiate goal in Xavier's home opener last Friday.

Local product Josh Grant (Mason, Ohio) scored his first collegiate goal in Xavier's home opener last Friday.
Sept. 3, 2014

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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.


 

 

SERIES STUFF 
• 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.

WEEKLY HONORS
• 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.