Third-Seed Xavier Battles Six-Seed Dayton In A-10 First Round
Nov. 7, 2012
15/14 Xavier (13-1-4, 6-1-2 Atlantic 10) vs. Dayton (11-5-1, 5-3-1 Atlantic 10) Thursday Nov. 8 | 2 p.m. ET Charlotte, N.C. | Transamerica Field Live Stats: Gametracker Live Video: GoXavier.com All-Access In-Game Tweets: @XavierGameDay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 15/14 Xavier men's soccer team quest for its third-straight Atlantic 10 Championship title begins on Thursday when it faces six-seed Dayton in the First Round of the league tournament at Transamerica Field.
The Musketeers (13-1-4, 6-1-2 A-10) earned the third seed in the tournament and will face off against the Flyers (11-5-1, 5-3-1) for the second time this season. In its regular season match up Xavier lost a two-goal lead and settled for a draw at home.
Thursday's game will be streamed live on Atlantic10.com for free and will be the 41st meeting between the two teams and first in postseason play.
Xavier Musketeers Xavier is the back-to-back defending Atlantic 10 Champions having won both titles as the No. 6 seed. The Musketeers earned the third seed in the tournament following a 6-1-2 record (20 points) in the Atlantic 10 this season. It is the second time in program history that XU will play as the third seed in the A-10 Tournament. Xavier's 13 wins are a new program best. The old record of 12 was set by the 2011 and 1994 teams. The Musketeers are ranked 15th by the NSCAA and 14th 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 12 weeks this season and has an RPI of 35 heading into the weekend. Xavier has the nation's 3rd-best scoring offense and 43rd best defensive unit. Statistical Leaders: Luke Spencer (13g, 6a), Matt Walker (9g, 9a), Gino De Paoli (6g, 9a) and Will Walker (7g, 5a). Justin Marshall (0.88 gaa) has the majority of minutes in net. The Musketeers are looking to become just the first 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 Weekend Xavier defeated Rhode Island and Massachusetts and scored 11 goals while holding its opponents to a combined nine total shots. The Musketeers clinched a spot in the A-10 Tournament with a 6-0 victory over Rhode Island on Friday. Luke Spencer netted an early game-winning goal and Matt and Will Walker each had two goals. Jack McDermott scored late for his first-career score. Xavier came back to beat UMass 5-0 on Senior Day. James Queree netted his first two-goal game as did Gino De Paoli. Spencer also netted his league-tying 13th goal earlier in the second half.
Offensive Pace Xavier has one of the best offenses in the country ranking 1st in total points and assists and third in goals per game and total goals. XU ranks 1st in every offensive category. The Musketeers are three points shy of tying the single-season record (149) set in 1994 when Xavier had 54 goals and 41 assists. Xavier's 46 goals this season ranks fourth all-time. The highest mark was set in 1994 when XU tallied 54 goals. Xavier has already set a new single-season record for assists. The previous best (45) was established by the 1998 squad.
Atlantic 10 Postseason Honors Defender Nick Hagglund, forward Luke Spencer and midfielder Matt Walker were named to the A-10 First Team. Midfielder Will Walker earned a spot on the second team and Sean Ryan was named to the All-Academic Team. Hagglund earned the conference's defensive player of the year, the first for a Xavier player since joining the league in 1994. He has been named to two-straight first teams after being named to the All-Rookie Team his freshman year. It is the first time Spencer has been named to the first team. He was a second team selection in 2011 and a rookie team selection his freshman year. Matt Walker earned his first A-10 nod after an impressive A-10 conference season. Will Walker was named to the second team a year being named to the rookie team. Ryan was selected to the academic team for the third year in a row.
Spencer Named National, Atlantic 10 Player Of The Week
Senior forward Luke Spencer has enjoyed a breakout season for the Musketeers scoring a new career-high 13 goals and racking up six assists.
Last week Spencer was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Player of the Week for the first time and the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fourth of his career.
Spencer scored two goals and had three assists as he lead the Musketeers to an impressive 11 goals in their final weekend of competition.
He finished the regular season tied for the league lead in goals and points.