Men's Soccer Welcomes Seton Hall To The XU Soccer Complex On Wednesday Night
Oct. 22, 2013
CINCINNATI – The Xavier men’s soccer team, riding a three-game winning streak, will battle the Pirates of Seton Hall on Wednesday night (Oct. 23). The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the XU Soccer Complex.
Game No. 15: Xavier (7-5-2, 3-2-0 BIG EAST) vs. Seton Hall (6-6-2, 2-3-0 BIG EAST)
The win handed St. John’s their second home loss of the season. Coming into the matchup, St. John's was 7-1-0 at Belson Stadium this season and had posted a 43-8-9 (.792) record at home since 2008, including a 16-4-4 (.750) mark in BIG EAST play.
The Musketeers struck first in the 2nd minute, when senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) found his brother, redshirt junior Will Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia), who finished after a cross from the left side. The goal was Will Walker’s fifth of the season, which leads the team.
XU held the lead for the next 50:13 of game action. SJU then knotted the game at 1-1 after Sean Sepe found Jimmy Mulligan for the equalizer.
The two teams played even for the final 27:56 of regulation and the game was sent into overtime. After 90 minutes of action, St. John’s outshot Xavier 12-8 and held an 8-3 lead in corner kicks.
After playing a scoreless first overtime period, the Blue and White needed just 4:59 of the second overtime to grab the win. Garret Halfhill (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) found McDermott from just outside the 18-yard box for the game-winning score. The goal was McDermott’s first of the year.
Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) picked up his seventh win of the season and registered six saves in 105 minutes between the pipes.
The Blue and White were out shot by SJU, 14-10, and lost the corner kick battle to the Red Storm 8-4. XU managed four shots on goal while St. John’s had seven attempts on goal.
SCOUTING SETON HALL
- With 23 goals this season the Pirates have already eclipsed last season's tally of 19 scores. It is the most goals for SHU in a season since it scored 24 in 2010.
- Senior forward George Velasquez was honored as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21, for his role in leading the Pirates to a pair of wins. He scored the game-winner in a 3-0 win over NJIT and netted two goals in a victory over DePaul. It is the first time in his career Velasquez earned the conference's weekly top offensive honor.
- The Pirates are currently 4-1-1 in contests with a nighttime kickoff and 2-5-1 in matches played during the afternoon.
ON THE HORIZON
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE TOURNEY