CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's soccer team will close out the 2012 regular season this weekend with matches at home against VCU and Richmond. The Musketeers and Rams will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. XU and UR will square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. preceded by a Senior Day recognition ceremony.
About the Musketeers Xavier (6-10-1, 1-6-0 A-10) is currently suffering through a six-game skid after opening Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 1-0 win at Rhode Island on Sept. 28, a streak that ties the school record for consecutive losses. The Musketeers lost a heartbreaker to visiting St. Bonaventure in their last outing, a 2-1 double-overtime decision, on Oct. 21. XU is led offensively by junior Mariah Whitaker with three goals and three assists on the season and she has taken a team-high 30 shots. Four other Musketeers have tallied two goals apiece on the season as well. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery leads the league and ranks seventh nationally with 123 saves in 2012, the seventh-highest single-season total in program history.
Scouting Virginia Commonwealth VCU (10-4-3, 5-2-0 A-10) has won three straight, including most recently a 3-1 result at home over Richmond on Oct. 19. The Rams have recorded seven shutout wins this season and have won five of their last six matches. VCU is offensively led by Courtney Conrad with 20 points (t-6th A-10) from 10 goals (t-4th A-10) and Wnedy Acosta with 19 points (t-8th A-10) off nine goals (t-6th A-10) one assist. In goal for the Rams will likely be Kristin Carden who has played 1361 minutes over 15 games played in 2012. Carden has collected 46 saves on the season and holds a 0.73 goals against average.
Last Time Out The Musketeers have been at home for their last two games and wrapped up the weekend with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Junior Ashton Green gave XU the 1-0 advantage in the 60th minute after corralling a loose ball in the box. But the Bonnies answered with the equalizer in the 83rd and the game-winner in the 103rd. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery recorded a career-high 16 saves in the contest after facing 28 shots.