No. 17/15 Xavier Closes Out Regular Season Against Rhode Island, UMass
Nov. 1, 2012
17/15 Xavier (11-1-4, 4-1-2 Atlantic 10) vs. Rhode Island (4-9-3, 3-3-1 Atlantic 10)) Friday Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. ET Cincinnati, Ohio | Xavier University Soccer Complex Live Stats: Gametracker Live Video: All-Access (Free) In-Game Tweets: @XavierGameDay
17/15 Xavier (11-1-4, 4-1-2 Atlantic 10) vs. Massachusetts ((5-9-2, 2-5-0 Atlantic 10) Sunday Nov. 4 | 1 p.m. ET Cincinnati, Ohio | Xavier University Soccer Complex Live Stats: Gametracker Live Video: All-Access (Free) In-Game Tweets: @XavierGameDay
CINCINNATI - The No. 17/15 Xavier men's soccer team will close out its regular season and play for a berth in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship when it hosts Rhode Island and Massachusetts this weekend at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The Musketeers face Rhode Island (4-9-3, 3-3-1 A-10) on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. The regular season comes to a close in a match against Massachusetts (5-9-2, 2-5-0 A-10) that starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Xavier will honor the careers of Luke Spencer, Justin Marshall, Andre Bezerra, Sean Ryan and Adar Cohen prior to kickoff against the Minutemen.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and under). Groups of 15 or more can purchase advance tickets for $3 by calling 513-745-3411. Also available is a Xavier Soccer Scarf for $25 that serves as admission to every remaining home match this season.
Xavier Musketeers Xavier closes out its regular season and Atlantic 10 schedules when it hosts Rhode Island and Massachusetts this weekend. Xavier can secure a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship this weekend for the third-consecutive season. The Musketeers are ranked 17th by the NSCAA and 15th by Soccer America. The Musketeers are ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Xavier has been ranked in NSCAA and Soccer America Top 25 all 11 weeks this season and has an RPI of 25 heading into the weekend. Xavier has the nation's 10th-best scoring offense and 63rd best defensive unit. Statistical Leaders: Luke Spencer (11g, 3a), Matt Walker (7g, 8a), Gino De Paoli (4g, 9a) and Will Walker (5g, 3a). Justin Marshall (0.96 gaa) has the majority of minutes in net. The Musketeers are looking to become just the third-active A-10 school to win three-straight conference championships. Xavier was picked second in the preseason coaches' poll behind Charlotte. Xavier finished its non-conference slate with a 7-0-2 record making them the only team in the league to accomplish the feat. It is also the first time since joining the A-10 that Xavier has not lost a game going into conference play.
Last Time Out Xavier split its matches over the weekend falling to VCU, 4-1, on Friday and bouncing back with a convincing 5-1 victory over Richmond on Sunday. Matt Walker scored three goals over the weekend for the Musketeers, including back-to-back goals in the win over Richmond. The loss to VCU was the first of the season for the Musketeers who had their 14-match unbeaten streak snapped in the process. Xavier's five goal output on Sunday was the second time this season that XU registered five goals in a match. The other came against Thomas More on Sept. 27.
Unbeaten Streak Comes To An End Last Friday's 4-1 loss to VCU snapped the Musketeers' 14-match unbeaten streak, the longest in program history. The previous program best was established in 1992 when Xavier went 4-0-4 over eight matches. Xavier was one of the last two unbeaten teams (Maryland) in Division I before the loss to VCU. The streak also shattered the longest unbeaten streak to begin a season.
Rhode Island Rams Rhode Island did not win its first game until the seventh match of the season and are 4-9-3 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play entering the weekend. The Rams are winners of their last two matches and currently in a three-way tie for sixth in the Atlantic 10 standings. Rhode Island beat Duquesne, 1-0, and St. Bonaventure, 4-1, last weekend. Rhode Island will face Dayton on Sunday afternoon. Statistical Leaders: Matt Ribbens (5g, 3a), Mike Casey (5g, 3a), Matt Skyes (4g, 4a), Thomas Lindroos (3g, 2a). Thomas Spenser (1.90 gaa) is the main goalkeeper for Rhode Island.
Massachusetts Minutemen Massachusetts dropped both contests last weekend to St. Bonaventure (4-1) and Duquesne (1-0, OT) and are 5-9-2 overall and 2-5-0 in league matches. Despite their record in the Atlantic 10 the Minutemen are still in the hunt for one of the conference's four remaining playoff spots. The Minutemen face Dayton on Friday night. Statistical Leaders: Josh Schwartz (5g, 2a), Matt Keys (3g) and Brett Canepa (2g, 2a). In goal for UMass is Brian Frame (1.44 gaa).
Atlantic 10 Tournament Information, Berth Scenarios Atlantic 10 Tournament will be played Nov. 8-11 at Transamerica Field Nov. 8-11 on the campus of Charlotte. First and second round games will be played on Thursday and Friday. The championship will be played at 4 p.m. on Sunday and will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. The field was expanded from six teams to eight this year. There are four opening spots remaining heading into the weekend. Xavier can clinch a spot in the tournament with a tie or a win against Rhode Island or Massachusetts. Xavier's seed could range from the first seed to eighth depending on its outcome and other teams results. Teams that have clinched a spot: Charlotte, VCU, Saint Louis and Temple.
No Harm, No Foul, No Cards
Xavier has committed 128 total fouls to its opponents 200 this season.
The foul total is tied for the third-lowest total in the nation with Adelphi. Only Drexel (122) and Cornell (123) have fewer fouls. Richmond has the second-lowest foul total in the Atlantic 10 with 151.
Xavier has also received three yellow cards this year, which is the lowest in the nation. Northwestern is second in the nation with six yellow cards and Monmouth has eight. Duquesne has the conference's second lowest yellow cards (12).
The Musketeers are also one of 64 teams in the nation to have no red cards this year.