Rosenberg tallies 10-plus saves for second time this season

By Will Pembroke | Staff Writer

Newswire photo by Desmond Fischer

Xavier men’s soccer had a difficult assignment on the road against No. 13 Georgetown, and despite their best effort, the Musketeers fell 1-0 to the Hoyas last Saturday.

Redshirt junior Matthew Rosenberg tallied 10 saves for the second time this year, holding a talented Georgetown offense to a single goal.

The only score in the game came from the Hoyas’ Jacob Montes off a rebound shot by JB Fischer, his sixth score of the year. The goal was the only one given up by the Musketeers’ defense in the first half this season.

The Musketeers found scoring production hard to come by against a talented Georgetown team. Seniors Samson Sergi and Jacob Goodall were offensive leaders with two shots apiece, and each had a shot on goal.

The Musketeers scattered seven shots throughout the match, but Georgetown dominated possession, putting up 24 total attempts to Xavier’s seven.

The Musketeers did not attempt a corner kick and only forced four shots on goal compared to Georgetown’s 12 shots on target.

Against top 25 opponents this season, Xavier’s record now moves to 1-2-1, with the lone win against an Akron team that has since fallen out of the rankings.

In Xavier’s last seven games, the team has only scored four goals and has been shut out in three of the last four matches.

With the loss, Xavier fell to 1-4 in Big East Conference play, and the team now finds itself last in the Big East standings.

However, Xavier still has time to make a late season push in four of its next five games against Big East Conference opponents — three of which will be at home.

With the Big East postseason only a couple weeks away, the Musketeers will need to right the ship offensively to have a shot at pushing themselves back into a better position come playoff time in a few weeks.

Xavier’s next match comes Wednesday at the XU Soccer Complex when the Musketeers take on a Seton Hall team that is only three points ahead of them in the Big East.