Nov. 11, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 8, 2013
CINCINNATI - The third-seeded Xavier men's soccer team, winners of six of its last seven matches, including three straight at home, will return to the field on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when they host No. 6 Butler in the quarterfinals of the six-team BIG EAST Tournament. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at the XU Soccer Complex.
Game No. 19: No. 3 Xavier (10-6-2, 6-3-0 BIG EAST) vs. No. 6 Butler (10-7-1, 4-5-0 BIG EAST)
All-Time Series: Butler leads, 9-4 | Date: Nov. 12, 2013 | Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: XU Soccer Complex | Cincinnati, Ohio
Live Stats: GoXavier.com
Promotion: Student Giveaway to the first 100 students to check-in through X-Pulse
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FIELD
No. 1 - Georgetown
No. 2 - Marquette
No. 3 - Xavier
No. 4 - Providence
No. 5 - Creighton
No. 6 - Butler
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT - QUARTERFINAL ROUND (campus sites)
No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 6 Butler (winner faces No. 2 Marquette in the semifinals)
No. 4 Providence vs. No. 5 Creighton (winner faces No. 1 Georgetown in the semifinals)
WITH A WIN
With a win tomorrow night, the Musketeers will advance to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament and will face No. 2 seed Marquette in Philadelphia, Pa. at PPL Park (home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union). The match is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. ET start.
RECAPPING THE LAST OUTING - AT BUTLER (NOV. 8)
The Xavier men's soccer team had its six-game winning streak snapped after dropping a 2-1 decision at Butler on Friday night.
The Musketeers scored first in the 34th minute off a header from senior Matt Walker and went to half ahead by one score.
Butler scored the tying goal in the 49th minute when Vincent Mitchell took a double-assist from Zach Steinberger and Jeff Adkins and scored from five yards away. BU's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came in the 65th minute when Brandon Fricke took a free kick from Adkins and scored.
Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson picked up his ninth win of the season, while Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald took the loss and registered three saves in 90 minutes between the pipes.
On the year, the Blue and White have netted 25 goals, allowing 18 scores with a 1.00 goals-against average. XU has been led offensively this season with nine goals from senior Matt Walker and five from redshirt junior Will Walker. Matt Walker also leads the team with seven assists on the year. Between the pipes, junior Eric Osswald has racked up 63 saves and six shutouts in 17 games.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Last season, Xavier outscored the opposition 31-8 with four shutouts and finished with a 9-0-1 record on their home pitch. Dating back to the 2011 season, the Musketeers have gone 19-3-3 over their last 25 home contests.
This season the Blue and White are 5-2-1 on their home pitch and have outscored opponents 14-6.
Through games played on Nov. 10, Matt Walker ranked 33rd in the nation and 3rd in the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.44), while also ranking 11th nationally and No. 1 in the conference in points per game (1.56).