Xavier Returns To Action Against IPFW

Tanner Petrick scored last year against IPFW.

Tanner Petrick scored last year against IPFW.

Sept. 17, 2012

CINCINNATI - The unbeaten Xavier men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday when it makes the trip to IPFW for the final road match of the month.

Kickoff begins at 7 p.m. from Hefner Stadium. Live stats are available at www.GoMastodons.com.

Xavier Musketeers (4-0-2, 0-0-0 A-10)
The Musketeers are looking to return to the win column in the final non-conference road match of the season. Xavier continues to be an offensive threat this year having scored at least one goal in its first six matches. Leading the way is senior Luke Spencer (6g, 2a) who remains among the nation's leaders in goals. Justin Marshall has been a mainstay in net for the Musketeers and sports a 0.96 goals against average.

The Musketeers are averaging 2.0 goals and 16.5 shots per match heading into Friday's match. Opponents have posted one goal in each match and attempt 13.3 shots per match.

IPFW Mastodons (0-7-0, 0-0-0 Summit)
The Mastodons are coming off a 4-1 loss to Dayton and will be playing for the third time in five days on Tuesday. It's been a rough start for IPFW who have scored only three times all season and allowed 17 goals. Tooke Jackson, Tom Corey, and Brent Helton each have one goal for the Mastodons. Brandon Cloutier has spent nearly the entire season in net for IPFW and has a 2.44 goals against average.

IPFW averages just 0.43 goals and 9.1 shots per match. Opponents are scoring 2.43 goals and attempting 17.4 shots.

Last Meeting
Xavier earned a dominant 5-0 victory over IPFW at home last season. It was until the second half that the Musketeers pulled away from the Mastodons. James Queree, Luke Spencer, and Tanner Petrick each recorded a tally for the Musketeers who scored their most goals since 2007.



Last Time Out
Xavier walked away with a 1-1 draw playing on the road against Virginia on Friday. Gino De Paoli netted his second goal of the season on a free kick to even the score in the 85th minute. Goalkeeper Justin Marshall had his best game in net for the Musketeers, stopping four shots in 110 minutes.

Unbeaten Streak
With Friday's draw against Virginia the Musketeers extended their unbeaten streak to six matches. It is the longest unbeaten streak to begin a season in program history and the overall longest since the 1995 season. The longest unbeaten streak in school history is eight, set in 1992.

Spencer Topping The Charts
Forward Luke Spencer was held scoreless for just the second time this season but continues to top the Atlantic 10 in goals, points, goals per game, and points per game. Spencer ranks 10th all-time in program history for goals (21), ninth all-time in total points (57), and is tied for seventh in assists (15).