Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery
Oct. 18, 2012
CINCINNATI - Heading into the home-stretch of the season, the Xavier women's soccer team has finally returned to its home field to play out the rest of its regular season games. On Friday, Oct. 19, the Musketeers will play host to Duquesne in the first of four straight matches at XU Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. for the Atlantic 10 Conference match-up. The team will be wearing pink jerseys to bring awareness to breast cancer research.
About the Musketeers
Xavier (6-8-1, 1-3-0 A-10) dropped a 3-0 decision at Dayton last weekend in its only match of the week. The Musketeers held the Flyers to only one score through 81 minutes before giving up two quick goals near the end. XU is led offensively by junior Mariah Whitaker with nine points and a team-high tying 20 shots on the year. Three other Musketeers have contributed two goals on the season for XU. Sophomore keeper Katie Markesbery leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation with 104 saves this year. She has posted four shutouts in 2012 and holds a 1.65 goals against average.
Duquesne (5-8-2, 1-3-1 A-10) has been at home for its last three games, most recently claiming a 3-2 win over St. Bonaventure on Oct. 12. The Dukes' Morgan Herbert leads the team with 13 points while Paige Maroney is the squad's shots leader with 50 (t-8th A-10). Devon Tabata has started 11 times in goal for the Dukes, including in their 3-2 win against SBU last week. Tabata has tallied 70 saves on the season and holds a 1.39 GAA.
Last Time Out
In its only game of the week, Xavier dropped a 3-0 decision at Dayton on Oct. 13 at UD's Baujan Field. Sophomore keeper Katie Markesbery recorded a season-high 14 saves in the match as the Musketeers held the Flyers to a slim 1-0 margin until the 81st minute of the contest. Four Musketeers recorded shots on the night, including junior Mariah Whitaker who tallied the only shot on goal for Xavier.