Men's Soccer Set To Face Crosstown Rival Cincinnati On The Road

Senior Matt Walker leads XU with three goals and five assists.

Senior Matt Walker leads XU with three goals and five assists.

Sept. 24, 2013

CINCINNATI – Riding a four-match unbeaten streak, in which they’ve surrendered just two goals, the Xavier men’s soccer team will head to Gettler Stadium to take on the Bearcats of Cincinnati on Wednesday night. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.

Game No. 8: Xavier (2-3-2) at Cincinnati (2-4-1)
Date: Sept. 25, 2013  | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Gettler Stadium |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Live Stats: &  |  Live Video: Bearcats.TV

Cincinnati comes into Wednesday’s match after falling in its American Athletic Conference opener, 2-0, to No. 20 Memphis. The Bearcats had their three match unbeaten streak snapped as the Tigers scored a pair of goals in the first 23 minutes of the contest and coasted to the 2-0 win.

The Last Meeting
September 2, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio
No. 24 Xavier Knocks Off Cincinnati, 2-1, In Torrential Rain
The No. RV/22 Xavier men's soccer team ended a drought by beat in-town rival Cincinnati, 2-1, for the first time since 2004 and did so while playing the Crosstown Derby in a heavy rain brought on by the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Xavier has gone unbeaten for four consecutive matches, after a rough 0-3 start to begin the season. On the year, the Blue and White have netted eight goals in seven contests, allowing nine scores with a 1.29 goals-against average. XU has been led offensively early in the year with three goals and five assists from senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia). Junior Will Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) is second on the team with a pair of goals and four points. Between the pipes, XU has used a pair of keepers, with Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) racking up 20 saves and a pair of shutouts in six games and Vince Shaw (Versailles, Ky./Woodford County) tallying a trio of saves in two appearances.



The Musketeers return to the pitch on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., when they host Marquette in the first BIG EAST home match in program history.

- Cincinnati and Xavier are meeting for the 42nd time on Wednesday night, with UC holding a 25-9-7 advantage in the rivalry.
- UC holds a 14-4-3 advantage at Gettler Stadium, including a 1-1 draw in the last meeting in Clifton in 2011.
- The Musketeers took last season's meeting, a 2-1 victory at the Xavier Soccer Complex.

The Musketeers have received plenty of preseason recognition from multiple outlets.

Xavier Men’s Soccer Preseason Awards (2013)
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 Preseason All-American first team
Named one of the top 10 defenders in the nation by 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