Gino De Paoli and the unbeaten Musketeers face IUPUI on Wednesday.
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team is off to another strong start and will look to continue its momentum when the Musketeers travel to face IUPUI beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis.
The Musketeers (2-0-1) are unbeaten so far this season and are ranked or receiving votes in numerous polls. The Jaguars (1-3-0) have lost three straight heading into the match.
Xavier picked up two wins last week at home defeating Wright State and Cincinnati. The Musketeers had to rally to beat the Raiders on Tuesday night before dispatching the Bearcats on a rainy Sunday night.
Luke Spencer scored three times in those two games and earned the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honor and a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. He leads the conference in goals (four), goals per game (1.33), and points (seven).
Joining him is sophomore Will Walker, who was named the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, following his game-winning goal and assist performance against Cincinnati. Junior midfielders Matt Walker, Gino De Paoli, and Andy Kaplan all have assists for the Musketeers. As a team Xavier is registering 1.67 goals per game and 16.0 shots.
Defensively the Musketeers are holding teams to 1.0 goals per game and just 13.7 shots. Senior goalkeeper Justin Marshall has a 0.93 goals against average and has made eight saves on the season.
The Jaguars lost matches to Milwaukee (3-2) and Canisius (2-1) over the weekend. IUPUI's only win came against Detroit in the season opener. Junior Ian Block scored goals in each match. Kyle Hyland tallied his third goal over the weekend to lead IUPUI. The Jaguars average 10.8 shots per match and 1.25 goals per match.
Defensively IUPUI allows 21.2 shots and 1.75 goals per match. Goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes has played all year in net and has a .800 save percentage.
Xavier is 3-0-1 all-time against IUPUI and have won the last two meetings by 1-0 scores. Luke Spencer scored an overtime goal against the Jaguars in 2010 and Gino De Paoli won the game on a late free kick last season. The Musketeers have yet to allow a goal against the Jaguars in their previous meetings.