Men's Soccer Set To Host UC Irvine On Tuesday

Senior Nick Hagglund and the Musketeers look to pick up win No. 1 of the season.
 
Senior Nick Hagglund and the Musketeers look to pick up win No. 1 of the season.
 

Sep 9, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team will look to pick up win No. 1 of the season on Tuesday when it welcomes in Big West foe UC Irvine to the XU Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.

Game No.4: Xavier (0-3-0) vs. UC Irvine (2-0-1)
Date: Sept. 10, 2013  | Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: XU Soccer Complex  |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Live Stats: GoXavier.com  |  Series History: 0-0, First Meeting

The Anteaters come into the match riding the excitement of a thrilling 1-0 win at San Diego State on Saturday (Sept. 7). Redshirt junior Dennis Martinez knocked down a cross from junior Cameron Iwasa in the 78th minute for the lone goal in the 1-0 victory. Martinez's game-winning header was the first of his Anteater career. Iwasa's cross found Martinez near the penalty spot and helped UCI remain unbeaten

UC Irvine has surrendered four goals in three games and are led by Enrique Cardenas, who has a pair of goals and seven shots on goal so far this season. Goalkeeper Michael Breslin has plaed all 290 minutes for the Anteaters and has five saves and a 0.62 goals against average.

HOME COOKIN'
Last season, Xavier outscored the opposition 31-8 with four shutouts and finished with a 9-0-1 record on their home pitch. Dating back to the 2011 season, the Musketeers have gone 14-2-2 over their last 18 home contests.

A LIL' PRESEASON LOVE
The Musketeers have received plenty of preseason recognition from multiple outlets.

Xavier Men's Soccer Preseason Awards (2013)
Team
No. 40 - College Sports Madness' Top 44 Previews
No. 22 - 2013 College Soccer News Preseason Poll
Picked to finish 5th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll

Matt Walker
Preseason All-BIG EAST
College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team

Nick Hagglund
CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American first team
Named one of the top 10 defenders in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com
TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI second team
Preseason All-BIG EAST
Top Drawer Soccer's Men's National Top 100 Upperclassmen - No. 17
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team
2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
College Sports Madness Preseason All-American third team


 

 

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