The Musketeers are coming off a 3-0 win over URI in their last outing.
Oct. 14, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Xavier women's soccer team's road to the Atlantic 10 Tournament runs through the City of Brotherly Love this weekend as the Musketeers face two A-10 rivals. Xavier travels to Saint Joseph's on Friday for a 7 p.m. match and Temple Sunday for a 1 p.m. battle.
The Musketeers (6-7-0, 2-2-0 A-10) are coming off of a weekend in which they split two conference matches. XU fell to UMass 1-0 last Friday but rallied to shutout Rhode Island 3-0 last Sunday.
"Our focus going into this weekend's games will be on maintaining quality possession, executing restarts, and being organized defensively," said Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood. "We have played on turf our last 6 games so Temple may present a challenge playing on a wet natural grass field. The weather in Philadelphia looks like it will pretty bad Friday, so the team that makes the fewest mistakes could come out on top."
Junior Jessica Brooks is now tied for fourth place in the conference in goals with seven. The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted a pair of goals in XU's win over URI on October 10. Sophomore Leslie Boersma is tied for fifth in the league with four assists this year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Perri sits in sixth place in the A-10 in saves percentage with a respectable .800.
Friday's opponent, Saint Joseph's, is led my reigning A-10 Player of the Week junior Maggie Lupinski. She was instrumental in the Hawks' 2-1 win over cross-town rival Temple last Friday as she notched an assist and the game-winning goal.
The Hawks (4-8-0, 1-2-0 A-10) are led in scoring by Jen Pfeiffer with nine strikes on the season. Christine Neal has logged the most time in the goal for the Hawks and has earned 51 saves.
Sunday, the Musketeers face Temple. The Owls currently sit in last place in the Atlantic 10 with a 0-2-1 conference mark and a 5-7-1 record overall. However, with the conference campaign still in its early stages, the Owls will be looking to get back into the A-10 Tournament hunt.
Niki Conn leads the Owls in scoring with eight goals on the season and Tara Murphy has posted the most saves for Temple with 15.
The Owls face Dayton on Friday before hosting the Muskteers.