Women’s soccer season finishes earlier than desired

By: Donnie Menke ~Staff Writer~

Photos courtesy of goxavier.com | Samantha Dewey against Northern Kentucky.

The women’s soccer team ended the season with three consecutive losses after beating Villanova. They lost to St. John’s 3-1, Creighton 6-1 and Butler 3-0 on senior night.

This was a disappointing end to the season as the team was looking to build on the win against the Wildcats.

Against St. John’s, it was a close first half with no goals being scored by either side. However, St. John’s broke it open in the second half, scoring three goals in 11 minutes. Xavier would score in the closing minutes to make the score 3-1, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Against Creighton there was a lot of scoring early as there were four goals in the first 20 minutes, including two in the first four minutes. Creighton scored three of the four, and Xavier scored one as well. Creighton would score three more in the second half to bring their tally to six for the game. Xavier would not score in the second half and would end up losing 6-1.

Their final game came against Butler at the XU Soccer Complex. The first half had all three goals with Butler scoring in the 11th, 16th and 31st minutes. The second half was mostly uneventful as neither side scored, and Xavier fell 3-0 on senior night to the Bulldogs.

The team ended the season with a 7-11-1 record overall. They kept a 6-3-1 record in non-conference play, while only having a 1-8-0 conference record. The only conference win came against Villanova on Oct. 15 with a 1-0 win. They finished tied for last in the conference with Seton Hall. The team went only 2-5-0 at home while maintaining a 5-6-1 record on the road.

Head coach Woody Sherwood announced that he was stepping down on Oct. 31 after seven seasons at Xavier. Sherwood, a Xavier alum himself, compiled a 47-72-10 record during his tenure.