Women's Soccer Looks To Clinch A-10 Tourney Slot This Weekend

Donielle White and the Musketeers have a tough test this weekend at SBU and Duquesne.

Donielle White and the Musketeers have a tough test this weekend at SBU and Duquesne.

Oct. 21, 2010

CINCINNATI -- With only three games left in the regular season, the Xavier women's soccer team is looking to clinch a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament. To do so means winning tough games this weekend at St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.

"We are looking forward to our trip to New York and Pittsburgh," said Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood. "Games against two teams clearly in the A-10 playoff hunt will be a great test for us. With three games remaining, we are excited to be sitting in the top half of the conference standings."

The Musketeers (7-8-0, 3-3 A-10) are coming off yet another Atlantic 10 weekend split. XU fell to St. Joseph's 1-0 on October 15, in the first game of its Philadelphia swing. The Musketeers rebounded on Sunday, October 17 as they downed Temple 1-0 in overtime.

Senior Carly Wenzel `s free kick goal in the 103rd minute gave the Musketeers the win over the Hawks. Junior Jessica Brooks still leads the Musketeers in goals with seven on the season.

Friday's opponent, St. Bonaventure (8-7-0, 2-3-0 A-10, is looking to fight for a spot in the top six of the A-10 and clinch a conference tournament bid. Anna Cunningham leads the Bonnies in scoring with eight goals on the season while Courtney Bosse is having a good season offensively with a team-best three assists to go along with four goals.

The Bonnies are coming off a 4-2 win over Fordham on Sunday, October 17. Kickoff for Friday's game is set for 3 p.m.

The Dukes (7-6-1, 4-1-0 A-10) have to face conference leader, No. 25 Dayton before hosting the Musketeers. Duquesne has had a balanced offensive attack this season with six players posting multiple goals.

Gabby Morrin, Sunday's probable starting goalkeeper for Duquesne, has had a superb season with 55 saves in nearly 900 minutes of action. Sunday's match time is set for 1 p.m.



Xavier closes out the 2010 regular season on Friday, October 29 as the Musketeers host rival No. 25 Dayton. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.