Xavier Earns No. 6 Seed In Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship

Goalkeeper Justin Marshall was named the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player last year.

Goalkeeper Justin Marshall was named the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player last year.

Nov. 6, 2011

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CINCINNATI - - For the second straight year the Xavier men's soccer team has earned the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and will face No. 3 Charlotte at 6 p.m. ET in the first round of this year's tournament hosted by Saint Louis.

The defending Atlantic 10 Champions finished 10-4-3 overall and 4-3-2 in the league. The Musketeers closed out their regular season on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Dayton. A win in that match would have clinched a spot for the Musketeers who had to wait until Sunday to see if they could play for their second straight league title.

Duquesne's loss to George Washington on Sunday afternoon sealed a return trip for the defending champs. The Colonials scored the game's only goal on a free kick in the 72nd minute.

It marks the first time that Xavier has gone to back-to-back A-10 Tournaments.

Thursday's other first round game pits No. 4 Temple against No. 5 La Salle. That game between the Owls (9-9-0, 5-4-0 A-10) and the Explorers (6-8-4, 4-2-3 A-10) is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m on the pitch of Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

Fordham (11-6-1, 7-2-0 A-10) earned the No. 1 seed while George Washington (9-6-2, 7-2-0 A-10) claimed the second seed. Both teams will have a first round bye.

Each of the five other championship teams have faced the Musketeers this season. Xavier beat George Washington and settled for a draw against La Salle. They lost to Temple, Fordham, and Charlotte.

The Musketeers faced off with the 49ers on Oct. 28 and lost 1-0 on a deflected shot in the waning seconds of the first overtime period. Junior goalkeeper Justin Marshall made six saves in the game.

Last year Xavier ousted Charlotte from the tournament following a grueling 0-0 draw that had to be decided on penalty kicks. The Musketeers won the PK session 5-3 to advance to the championship match.

The Musketeers became the first No. 6 seed to win the tournament and did so by beating top-seeded Charlotte, second-seed La Salle and third-seed Temple. The three consecutive victories gave Xavier its first Atlantic 10 Championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament.