No. 16 Charlotte, Saint Louis Await Men's Soccer This Weekend
Oct. 27, 2011
CINCINNATI - In the final full weekend of Atlantic 10 play the Xavier men's soccer team will have two tough road games against the likes of No. 16 Charlotte on Friday and Saint Louis on Sunday.
This will be the final full weekend of matches for the Musketeers (9-3-2, 3-2-1 A-10) who currently have sole possession of fifth place in the A-10 standings. Last weekend's split of conference games have the Musketeers sitting with 10 points and in the middle of several teams at the top of the standings.
With two weekends of A-10 play remaining, 13 of the 14 remaining A-10 schools could still qualify for the conference tournament, which begins on Nov. 10 in St. Louis and takes the top six teams.
Charlotte (10-3-2, 3-1-2 A-10) stands alone in fourth with 11 points and Saint Louis (5-8-1, 3-3-0 A-10) is tied with three other teams for sixth place with nine points.
Sophomore Adar Cohen and freshman James Weber each scored to give Xavier a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's last Sunday. The win came on the heels of a 2-0 loss to Temple in the first of five consecutive A-10 road games to close the regular season.
The Musketeers average 1.57 goals per game, which ranks third in the league. Xavier has scored two goals in four of its last five games and has a 3-1-1 record in that span. Junior forward Luke Spencer (5g, 4a) continues to lead Xavier in goals, while sophomore midfielder Gino Depaoli (4g, 4a) trails by a goal.
Xavier is holding opponents to 0.86 goals per game, the second-lowest rate among A-10 teams. Senior goalkeeper Ryan Engelmann got both starts in net last weekend and carries a 0.69 goals against average into the weekend. He is 3-1-1 in six appearances and has a save percentage of .870.
Charlotte returns home to Transamerica Field where they are unbeaten this season. The 49ers went 0-1-1 last weekend on the road with a 2-2 draw against La Salle and followed that up with a 1-0 loss to Fordham.
The 49ers' offense is first in the A-10 in shots per game (17.2), points per game (5.53), goals (28), and goals per game (1.87). Freshman Giuseppe Gentile has a team- and league-high seven goals. Charlotte has two other four goal scorers in senior Evan James and junior Donnie Smith.
Opponents are scoring 0.93 goals per game on the 49ers, which is the third lowest figure in the conference. Sophomore Klay Davis is Charlotte's goalkeeper and sports a 0.90 goals against average and 10-3-2 record coming into the weekend.
Saint Louis has recently shaken off the struggles of a tough early season schedule. In their last four games the Billikens are 3-1-0, which includes a win over Fordham and loss against La Salle on the road last weekend.
The Billikens average 1.21 goals per game, which has increased recently with seven goals scored in the last four matches. Freshmen Robbie Kristo and Raymond Lee each have four goals and an assist to pace the Saint Louis attack.
As a defense Saint Louis gives up 1.71 goals per game. Last weekend the Billikens allowed four goals including three to La Salle. Sophomore Nick Shackelford is the goalkeeper for Saint Louis and has a 1.30 goals against average, saving 79.7 percent of shots.