No. 13/9 Xavier Collides With Rival Dayton On Friday
Oct. 11, 2012
17/14 Xavier (9-0-2, 2-0-0 Atlantic 10) vs. Dayton (7-3-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic 10) Friday Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. ET Cincinnati, Ohio | Xavier University Soccer Complex Live Stats: Gametracker Live Video: GoXavier.com All-Access In-Game Tweets: @XavierGameDay
CINCINATI - Two of the nation's top scoring offenses face off on Friday as the No. 13/9 Xavier men's soccer team hosts Dayton in the final game of a five-game homestand at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The third Atlantic 10 match of the year for the Musketeers (9-0-2) begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on GoXavier.com.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and under). Groups of 15 or more can purchase advance tickets for $3 by calling 513-745-3411. Also available is a Xavier Soccer Scarf for $25 that serves as admission to every remaining home match this season.
Xavier Musketeers The Musketeers, ranked 13th by the NSCAA and ninth by Soccer America, are one of the three Atlantic 10 teams to navigate through the opening weekend of league play with two victories. Xavier has the nation's 10th best scoring offense and 30th defensive unit as of Monday. Senior forward Luke Spencer remains among the nation's top offensive players. Spencer has nine goals to lead the Musketeers and the conference. He is sixth in the nation in total goals and points per game. Xavier is one of the nation's five unbeaten teams. The other teams are Maryland, Marquette, Cornell and Niagara. Xavier finished its non-conference with a 7-0-2 record making them the only team in the league to finish non-conference play without a loss. It is also the first time since joining the A-10 that Xavier has not lost a game going into conference play. The Musketeers are looking to become just the third active A-10 school to win three-straight conference championships. Xavier is averaging 2.27 goals and allowing just 0.82 scores per match. Statistical Leaders: Luke Spencer (9g, 3a), Matt Walker (4g, 7a), Gino De Paoli (4g, 6a) and Will Walker (4g, 2a). Justin Marshall (0.84 gaa) has the majority of minutes in net for Xavier. Despite winning the last two conference championships, Xavier was picked second in the preseason coaches' poll.
Dayton Flyers The Flyers split their opening Atlantic 10 games, earning a 3-1 win over Butler and falling to Saint Louis 1-0. Dayton sports the nation's 9th best scoring offensive and the 122nd overall defense. The Flyers have not recorded a shutout this season. Eight players have scored for the Flyers and 13 have recorded a goal or an assist. Statistical Leaders: Daniel Berko (5g, 4a), Abe Keller (4g, 5a), Andres Acevedo (4g, 1a) and Evan McCreary (3g, 3a). Goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (1.40 gaa) has played all season in net. The Flyers have played two road games and lost both contests. Dayton was selected by the league's coaches to finish 10th in the conference.
Series History Friday's match will be the 40th meeting between the two clubs and the 23rd time that the Musketeers have hosted the Flyers. Xavier trails the all-time series 18-19-2. Xavier is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings with Dayton. Last Meeting: Xavier and Dayton played to an exciting 2-2 draw in the last meeting on Nov. 5, 2011. It was the final game of the season for both clubs who were vying for a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Will Walker and Gino De Paoli scored in the Musketeers' meeting with the Flyers last year.
Last Time Out Xavier swept the opening weekend of Atlantic 10 with a 3-2 victory over nationally-ranked Saint Louis and 2-1 win against Butler on Sunday. It was the first time since the 1998 season that Xavier opened up the A-10 portion of its schedule with back-to-back victories. In 1998, as well as 1997, Xavier started 6-0 in the league. The Musketeers scored all of their goals in the first half against the Billikens. Will Walker scored twice in an eight-minute span and Gino De Paoli added the game-winner in the 28th minute. Andrew Jordan and James Queree tallied scores in the win against Butler. Jordan scored his third goal of the year shortly before half and Queree scored off a free kick late in the match.
Unbeaten Streak Continues With two victories to open A-10 play, Xavier extended its program-best unbeaten streak to 11. The previous program best was established in 1992 when the Musketeers went 4-0-4. The streak also represents the longest such to start a season. It is also the longest streak in the A-10. Temple, VCU and La Salle have the second longest unbeaten streak at three.
Spencer Among National, Atlantic 10 Leaders Senior forward Luke Spencer has put together an offensively impressive season that ranks among the national and conference leaders. He has nine goals and three assists in the Musketeers' nine games. As of Monday, the Cincinnati native was nationally ranked fourth in points per game (2.33), third in total points (21), third in goals per game (1.00) and third in total goals. Spencer's nine goals this year are a career-high and ranks him first in the A-10 in points, points per game, goals, goals per game and game-winning goals (3). He is tied for seventh all-time with 24-career goals and 64-career points. His 16-career assists stands alone in the seventh spot all-time for the Musketeers.
National Awards, Atlantic 10 Recognition Will Walker's two goals against nationally-ranked Saint Louis earned him a spot on the CollegeSoccerNews National Team of the Week on Oct. 8. It was the first nationally weekly honor of his career. He was tabbed as the A-10 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Following back-to-back shutouts goalkeeper Justin Marshall was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Sept. 24. He was also named the College Sports Madness A-10 Player of the Week. Luke Spencer has received numerous honors this season. Spencer has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Sept. 3), SoccerAmerica National Team of the Week (Sept. 6), the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (Sept. 4). Nick Hagglund, an All-Region First Team member last year, was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List to begin the season. He was also named to the College Soccer News Preseason All-American Third Team and to College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Fourth Team. In addition, College Sports Madness named Hagglund the preseason Atlantic 10 Defender of the Year.
No Harm, No Foul, No Cards
Xavier has committed 87 total fouls to its opponents 135 this season. It is the fourth lowest total behind Monmouth (86), Drexel (82) and Stetson (79).
Xavier has also received three yellow cards this year, which is the second lowest in the nation behind Bucknell's two.
Two of Xavier's three yellow cards were issued in the match against Saint Louis.
The Musketeers are also one of 95 teams in the nation with zero red cards this year.