Xavier Men's Soccer Welcomes St. Bonaventure, Duquesne This Weekend

Matt Walker leads the Musketeers this season in points, scoring two goals and tallying one assist.
Matt Walker leads the Musketeers this season in points, scoring two goals and tallying one assist.

Oct. 21, 2010

CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team, in the midst of a season-long five-game homestand, will play host to Atlantic 10 foes St. Bonaventure on Friday and Duquesne on Sunday at the Xavier Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Musketeers (6-3-3) enter the weekend riding a three-game winning streak, which includes victories over St. Joseph's and Temple last weekend at home. Xavier netted a 2-0 win over the Hawks and a thrilling 2-1 overtime win against the Owls. The two wins moved Xavier into second in the Atlantic 10 standings heading into play this weekend.

The Musketeers have outscored their opponents 11-7 this season, and lead in shots on goal, 55-51. Ten different players have tallied a goal this season, while 13 players have recorded a point. Freshman Matt Walker currently leads the squad with two goals and five points. Senior El-Hadji Dieng has scored four points and Brandon Bucher, who scored Sunday's gamewinner, is one of six Musketeers with three points.

Xavier's defense continues to shut down its opponents, allowing just one goal since the first half of its opening conference game against Massachusetts. At the beginning of the week the Musketeers ranked 13th nationally in goals against average (.54) and seventh in shutout percentage (.58). Sophomore goalkeeper Justin Marshall also ranks ninth nationally in goals against average (.507) and 13th in save percentage (.87).

The Bonnies come into Friday's game with a 7-6-0 overall record, and 2-2-0 mark in the A-10. Last weekend, the Bonnies split their conference play, defeating La Salle 3-0 and falling to Fordham, 2-1 in overtime. St. Bonaventure is averaging 1.31 goals per game, while averaging 1.58 goals against. Brett Allen leads the Bonnies with four goals and two assists, while Emmett O'Connor has two goals to go along with five assists. Netminder David Flynn is averaging 1.33 goals against, giving up 15 goals on the year.



Duquesne enters the weekend with a 5-6-2 overall mark and 1-3 conference record. The Dukes went 1-1 last weekend, earning a 2-0 victory against La Salle and falling to Fordham 1-0. The Dukes are posting 1.23 goals per game this season, while averaging 1.11 goals against. Simon Gomez is the leading goal scorer for the Dukes, having netted six goals on top of three assists. Stefan Lundberg has 10 points, which includes four goals and two assists. Chris Torres has played every minute in between the pipes for the Dukes, and has allowed 15 goals. Duquesne will face Dayton Friday night.