Xavier men's soccer takes on IU in second round of NCAA tourney

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Xavier men's soccer team will look to extend the best season in program history Sunday when it travels to Bloomington, Ind. to face the storied the Indiana program in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

Kickoff for the first-ever meeting between the two programs is set for 1 p.m. from Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. It will be the first television match in Xavier soccer history.

The teams by the numbers

Xavier Musketeers

  • Xavier won its first-ever NCAA tournament match on Thursday with a 1-0 victory over Kentucky in the first round. The Musketeers advance to play 16th-seed Indiana at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.
  • The Musketeers are in the NCAA tournament for the third-straight season after earning the program's first at-large bid. Xavier is one of 17 teams to play in the last three NCAA Men's Soccer Championships.
  • Xavier is ranked 22nd in this week's NSCAA poll and 14th in the Soccer America poll. The Musketeers have been ranked in NSCAA and Soccer America Top 25 polls for the entire 13 weeks this season.
  • Forward Luke Spencer leads the Atlantic 10 in goals, goals per game and points. Midfielder Matt Walker became just the second player in the nation to record a season double-double in goals and assists. He assisted the game-winning goal on Thursday.
  • In addition the duo of Spencer and Walker are one of two sets of teammates with 10-plus goals this year.
  • Xavier's 14 wins are a new program best, breaking the old record of 12 set by the 2011 and 1994 teams.
  • The Musketeers dropped out of the top two spots in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll for the first time since last year. The streak snapped a total of 12 weeks and included six weeks as the region's top team.
  • Xavier has the nation's seventh-best scoring offense and 41st best defensive unit.
  • The Musketeers have one of the best offenses in the country ranking third in total points, second in assists, seventh in goals per game and fifth in total goals. XU ranks first in every offensive category in the Atlantic 10.
  • Xavier's goal and assist in the NCAA match against Kentucky broke the single-season record for points (149) set in 1994 when Xavier had 54 goals and 41 assists.
  • Twin brothers Matt and Will Walker have teamed up for 26 goals and 19 assists.
  • Statistical Leaders: Luke Spencer (14g, 7a), Matt Walker (10g, 10a), Gino De Paoli (6g, 9a), Will Walker (7g, 6a) and Adar Cohen (8a). Justin Marshall (0.84 gaa) has the majority of minutes in net.

Indiana Hoosiers

  • Indiana is the tournament's 16th seed and finished the regular season with a 11-5-3 overall record. The Hoosiers were eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament by eventual champion Michigan State, 2-1.
  • The Hoosiers own an NCAA tournament best .733 winning percentage (78-27-4). The program has seven national titles and appeared in 17 College Cups. IU's last appearance in the College Cup was 2004.
  • Overall, Indiana owns an impressive 266-41-28 (.835) all-time record at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are 52-4-2 (.913) in NCAA Tournament games at home as well.
  • The Hoosiers faced a challenging schedule this season. Eight of their regular season opponents made the tournament field, including four seeded teams.
  • Eriq Zavaleta is the nation's fourth-leading goal scorer and has accounted for half of the Hoosiers' goals this season. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Statistical Leaders: Eriq Zavaleta (16g, 2a), Nikita Kotlov (4g, 3a), A.J. Corrado (1g, 9a), Jacob Bushue (1g, 4a), Caleb Konstanski (2g, 1a) and Femi Hollinger-Janzen (2g, 1a). Luis Soffner (0.81 gaa) is a four-year starter in net for IU.

Match Recap: Kentucky

  • The Musketeers won their first-ever NCAA tournament victory Thursday with a 1-0 victory on the road against Kentucky.
  • Senior Luke Spencer tallied the Xavier's lone score in the 86th minute to advance the Musketeers into the second round where they will face Indiana. Matt and Will Walker were credited with assists.
  • Xavier earned its sixth shutout of the season and its first NCAA clean sheet.
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