By: Andrew Utz ~Staff Writer~
The men’s soccer team lost twice in its past two home games. Xavier hosted Georgetown on Oct. 3 and came out with a 1-0 loss in extra time. The Hoyas scored the golden goal in the 96th minute. The loss broke a five-game winning streak held since Xavier faced rival Cincinnati. Despite going into extra time, the Musketeers had multiple opportunities to edge out of the deadlock. Junior Jalen Brown and redshirt sophomore Walker Androit combined for a total of six shots.
Senior Dallas Jaye made five saves through the match. The Hoyas converted their goal in a 4-on-2 counter attack, with Keegan Rosenberry slotting the ball to Jaye’s left side. The following Saturday, the Musketeers hosted Providence. The Friars struck first in the 58th minute, followed by two more goals in the 66th and 77th minutes. Xavier had no response to the visiting team, managing only seven shots to the Friar’s 17.
Redshirt freshman Ian Vicars was given a red card late in the second half, forcing the Musketeers into a 10-man situation for the rest of the match. Junior Jake Ciricillo managed three saves throughout the night. Sophomore Matt Vesquenza led the team with three shots, yet none of the Musketeers could put one on frame.
The Musketeers have dropped out of the top-25 rankings after the conference losses, making their Big East record 1-2. Overall Xavier’s record is currently 7-4. The team travels to New York to face St. John’s on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. On Oct. 17, the Musketeers will be facing Villanova away. The game will be broadcast on the Big East network at 3 p.m.