Xavier Closes Out Home Slate With Richmond, George Washington
Oct. 13, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team looks to break into the win column in Atlantic 10 conference play this weekend when it hosts George Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday and Richmond at 1 p.m. Sunday in what will be the final home games of the year.
The Musketeers (6-2-2, 1-1-0 A-10) got off to a sluggish start to the conference season last weekend, while the Spiders (2-8-1, 1-1-0 A-10) lost to Temple and beat Saint Joseph's. The Colonials (4-4-2, 2-0-0 A-10) beat both their opponents and are one of two unbeaten teams in conference play.
The beginning of conference play didn't get off to the start that head coach Andy Fleming would have liked. Xavier dropped a 1-0 contest to Fordham in front of a near capacity crowd and settled for a 2-2 draw against La Salle at home last weekend.
Xavier's offense is averaging 1.60 goals per game, while averaging 14.3 shots per match. Junior forward Luke Spencer scored once against La Salle to give him a team-high five goals. Redshirt freshman midfielder Will Walker (1g, 5a) tallied two assists against La Salle and is one point shy of tying sophomore midfielder Gino Depaoli (3g, 2a) for second on the team.
The Musketeers' defense has been uncharacteristic over the last three games, and look to correct those issues this weekend. Despite giving up three goals in their first two league games, the Musketeers still have a 0.90 goals against average, which ranks second in the league.
Richmond collected just its second win of the season of the year following a 3-2 double-overtime win over Saint Joseph's on Oct. 9. Richmond's other win this year came against Pitt on Sept. 18. The Spiders lost their conference opener to Temple, 3-2.
Freshman Timmy Alright (4g, 2a) and sophomore Spencer Schiff (3g, 4a) lead the Spiders with 10 points apiece. As a team the Spiders are scoring 1.64 goals per game and average 11.6 shots per game.
Sophomore Zac Brown started the last game in goal for the Spiders who are allowing 3.36 goals per game, which is one of the worst figures in the nation. Freshman Thomas Hand has played the most minutes between the pipes for Richmond and has the nation's second most saves per game (7.22).
George Washington is one of two Atlantic 10 schools to go unbeaten in the first weekend of league action. The Colonials posted shutout wins over Saint Joseph's and Temple. The two other wins on the year for George Washington came over South Carolina Upstate and Bryant in the middle of September.
The Colonials' attack led by senior Yoni Berhanu (6g, 2a) and junior Seth Rudolph (5g, 2a) is scoring 1.60 goals per game and averaging 13.2 shots per contest. The duo combined to score half of George Washington's six goals last weekend.
George Washington's defense has been strong over the last three games, giving up just one goal and posting back-to-back shutouts. The recent streak has allowed the Colonials to lower their opponent's goals per game to 1.40. Junior Alejandro Almodovar has made the last two starts in goal for George Washington. He sports a 4-2-0 record and 1.17 goals against average.