Big East soccer season begins

By: Matt Stainbrook ~Staff Writer~

Both Xavier men’s and women’s soccer teams competed this weekend in Big East play.
In front of the home crowd, the men’s team won 1-0 against St. Johns in the Big East opener.
Freshman Matt Vasquenza broke free in the 85th minute and scored the lone goal of the game. This win boosted the Xavier team to an overall record of 6-3-0 and jumping to a quick start in conference record at 1-0. This marks the third straight shutout for the Musketeers and led to them taking six of their past seven games.

St. Johns was on a hot streak, coming into this match, having won its past four games. But the Musketeers were relentless, finishing the game with a 12-6 advantage in shots.

Goalkeeper Eric Osswald (left) and Sophomore Todd Pratzner (right) shut down the Hoyas.

In the 69th minute of the game, freshman Eric McWoods provided excitement as his shot deflected off the far post of the goal, and in the 78th minute, senior Garrett Halfhill had a header saved from a throw-in, leading up to the eventual goal.

Redshirt senior Eric Osswald was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Week after recording two consectutive shutouts for Xavier.

The team returns to action on Oct. 4 with a road match at Providence set to start at 1 p.m.
The women’s team, also playing at home, lost a tough battle to the Georgetown Hoyas 1-0.
The Musketeers played strong for the first 80 minutes, but couldn’t hold on as the Hoyas scored in the last 10 minutes of regulation play.

This gave Georgetown its first Big East win of the season. Georgetown is currently ranked 17th in the country according to

XU played excellent defense in the first half, allowing five shots, with only one of those shots on goal.

Sophomore forward Tori Doss (above) charges in to challenge the Hoyas offensive attack.

The Musketeers came out attacking on offense, with freshman Kenadie Carlson getting a one-on-one opportunity with the Hoya goal keeper.

Her shot proved to be Xavier’s best of the game but it sailed wide of the goal.
Another bright spot for XU was the stat line of eleven shots and zero corner kicks for Georgetown.

The Musketeers will get a threeday break before heading back to action on Oct. 4 in Philadelphia against the Villanova Wildcats, and they will look to improve their conference record with a much needed win.