Men's Soccer Hosts No. 9 Georgetown On Saturday Night

Head Coach Andy Fleming and the Musketeers look to pick up the 1st BIG EAST home win of the season.

Head Coach Andy Fleming and the Musketeers look to pick up the 1st BIG EAST home win of the season.

Oct. 11, 2013

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CINCINNATI – The Xavier men’s soccer team, in its first home match since Sept. 28 (vs. Marquette), will host the No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday night (Oct. 12). The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the XU Soccer Complex and is the second game of a doubleheader with the women’s soccer team.

Game No. 13: Xavier (5-5-2, 1-2-0 BIG EAST) vs. No. 9 Georgetown (9-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST)
Coaching Matchup: Andy Fleming (41-20-15 at XU) vs.  Brian Wiese (83-52-16 at GU)
All-Time Series: 1st Meeting | Date: Oct. 12, 2013 | Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: XU Soccer Complex | Cincinnati, Ohio
Live Stats: GoXavier.com | Live Video: Xavier All Access

RECAPPING THE LAST OUTING – AT DEPAUL (Oct. 9)
Behind solid defense and goals from three different players, the Xavier men's soccer team picked up its first BIG EAST win, which was also the program’s first BE road win, with a 3-0 shutout at DePaul.

The Blue and White got on the scoreboard in the 17th minute when freshman Jalen Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebuf Jesuit) rebounded his own shot and sent it into the center of the DePaul net from close range. Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) won the ball off the DePaul centerback and played Brown in for a breakaway against the DePaul goalkeeper. The DePaul keeper made the initial save but Brown followed his own shot and finished the rebound.

The two teams played even until the 77th minute when sophomore Calum Latham (Springfield, Ohio/Central Catholic) scored on a header after assists from redshirt senior Tanner Petrick (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview/Tulsa) and senior Gino De Paoli (Highland Village, Texas/Marcus). Off a free kick from about 35 yards out, De Paoli found Petrick, who served a ball into the box to Lathum. Latham then beat his man to the ball and flicked it on past the keeper.

Less than four minutes later, Matt Walker tacked on another insurance goal at the 80:07 mark from eight yards out.

Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) picked up his fourth shutout of the season and registered five saves in 90 minutes between the pipes.

Despite being outshot by DePaul, 20-17, Xavier won the shots on goal battle (9-5) and corner kick battle (5-0). The 3-0 loss was the first time the Blue Demons have given up three goals in a match since a 3-2 overtime loss Sept. 8 at Wisconsin.

2013 SEASON
On the year, the Blue and White have netted 14 goals, allowing 13 scores with a 1.08 goals-against average. XU has been led offensively this season with four goals and five assists from senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia). Freshman Jalen Brown is second on the team with three goals. Between the pipes, XU has used a pair of keepers, with Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) racking up 39 saves, which rank fifth in the conference, and four shutouts in 11 games and Vince Shaw (Versailles, Ky./Woodford County) tallying four saves in three of appearances.

SCOUTING No. 9 GEORGETOWN
Last week, the Hoyas went 2-0 with wins at American (1-0) and at home against Seton Hall (8-0). On Monday, senior captain Steve Neumann and junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez both earned weekly honors. Neumann was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after tallying three goals and two assists for an impressive eight points on the week. His point total helped him surpass the 100-career point mark making him just the fourth Hoya in program history to do so. Neumann assisted on the game winner in the 85th minute in a 1-0 victory at American on Tuesday as the Hoyas closed out nonconference play. He followed that up with his second-career hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Seton Hall University on Saturday at Shaw Field. Neumann also posted an assist in the win.

It was the fourth weekly award for the Blue & Gray this season and Neumann's second of his career. Additionally, he was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for his efforts.

Sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) leads GU in scoring with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Neumann is second with six goals and three assists for 15 points, while freshman midfielder Alex Muyl is third with two goals and a team-high five assists for nine points. Gomez has seven shutouts on the season, the Hoya keepers have combined for nine total, and has tallied 36 saves so far this year.

ON THE HORIZON
The Musketeers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they travel to Queens, N.Y. to face No. 11 St. John’s, before returning home to host the final two home matches of the 2013 season (Oct. 23 vs. Seton Hall, Oct. 26 vs. Providence).

WITH A WIN
With a win Saturday night, the Blue and White will secure the program’s first BIG EAST home victory and first win over a ranked opponent this season.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
Through games played on Oct. 6, Matt Walker ranked 12th in the nation and No. 1 in the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.56), while also ranking 15th nationally and No. 2 in the conference in total assists (5).

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