Men's Soccer Hosts Providence On Senior Night
Oct. 25, 2013
CINCINNATI – The Xavier men’s soccer team, riding a four-game winning streak, will battle the Friars of Providence on Saturday night (Oct. 26). The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the XU Soccer Complex.
Game No. 16: Xavier (8-5-2, 4-2-0 BIG EAST) vs. Providence (9-3-2, 4-2-0 BIG EAST)
With the win, the Musketeers improved to 8-5-2 overall (4-2-0 BIG EAST), while the Pirates fell to 6-7-2 overall and 2-4-0 in BIG EAST play. The win also snapped SHU’s two-match winning streak.
In the first-ever meeting between the two programs it was the Musketeers getting on the scoreboard first as senior John McDermott (Brookfield, Wis./Marquette University HS) corralled a long pass from classmate Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) and beat Seton Hall keeper Julian Spindler with an effective shot off his left boot.
XU controlled the beginning of the game, outshooting Seton Hall 6-0 before a Pirate attack to end the half nearly resulted in a tie game before the intermission.
Xavier scored in the 69th minute to extend the lead to 2-0, when senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) showed some impressive footwork and shook free of multiple defenders to net his fifth goal of the season. The Musketeers tacked on a third score in the 85th minute of the contest when senior Gino De Paoli (Highland Village, Texas/Marcus) finished on a free kick that hit the bottom of the cross bar and deflected into the net.
The Blue and White finished with a 9-7 advantage in shot attempts and a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) picked up his eighth win and fifth shutout of the season, while registering a pair of saves in 90 minutes between the pipes.