Xavier soccer helps to bring awareness

By: Andrew Utz ~Staff Writer~

The Xavier Men’s Soccer team wrapped up the 2014-15 year when they hosted Northwestern in the fourth annual Devin’s Game on April 25.

Matt Vasquenza scores against NU.

The cold and rain did not stop Xavier fans from watching their team battle through the night in a 2-1 loss. Freshman forward Matt Vasquenza gave the Musketeers a leg up before the end of the half. His half-field run gave Xavier the 1-0 lead after 36 minutes. The second half tipped in favor of the visitors. The Wildcats tied the game after a loose ball in the box came to the feet of Northwestern freshman forward Sam Forsgren in the 56th minute.

Four minutes later, Muskie freshman utility Matt Nance unintentionally knocked the ball in while NU was on the breakaway.

Andy Fleming with daughter Devin

The Musketeers led the game in terms of shots (14-6) and corner kicks (5-1) but could not come back to tie or win the game. New arrival Dallas Jaye made two saves during the match. Part of the match’s proceeds went to benefit “Devin’s Team,” one of the many participating teams of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati Annual Buddy Walk.

The game was named after Coach Andy Flemming’s daughter
Devin, who has Down syndrome. Xavier, with the proceeds from Devin’s game, has become one of the Cincinnati area’s highest
earning teams for the benefit walk over the past four years. Devin turns four on May 2.