Nov. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI - Gino De Paoli and James Queree each recorded their first two-goal games and Luke Spencer netted his 13th goal of the season as the No. 17/15 Xavier men's soccer team cruised to a 5-0 victory over Massachusetts on Senior Day at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The Musketeers (13-1-4, 6-1-2 Atlantic) earn at least the third seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Championship and set a new single-season record for victories with the win. Their final seed and the entire bracket will be determined after the outcome of the Saint Louis-Butler match later in the afternoon.
De Paoli and Queree scored their first goals in the opening five minutes to give Xavier the early advantage. Queree netted his first score on a lobbed pass from back up goalkeeper Andre Bezerra, who earned a start as a midfielder, for his first-career point.
A quick combination of passes setup DePaoli's first goal in the 5th minute. Will Walker started the action slipping a pass to Spencer who dumped it across the box to DePaoli's left foot for the score.
De Paoli posted his second goal after he slowed down a long pass from Nick Hagglund and made a touch over UMass goalkeeper Brian Frame in the 22nd minute.
Queree netted his second goal on a free kick from Adar Cohen who bent a ball into the box. Queree slowed the pass and chopped it home for the Musketeers' fourth goal of the first half.
Spencer's goal came on a breakaway in the 46th minute giving him a score in each of the last three matches for Xavier. He drew out Frame from goal and scored on an empty net. Spencer finishes the regular season tied with VCU's Jason Johnson for the league lead in goals and points.
Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall combined with Bezerra and Matt Paprocki for the shutout. The trio of goalkeepers had to make zero saves on the day. Marshall (13-1-4) earned the win in 55 minutes of action. Frame played all 90 minutes for UMass and made four saves.
The Musketeers finished their match holding advantages in shots (16-6), shots on goal (9-0) and corner kicks (4-3). Five different Xavier players had two shots and three players had two shots on goal. UMass shared its six shots across six players.
Prior to the match Cohen, Spencer, Bezerra, Queree, Marshall and Sean Ryan were honored for their careers at XU. The six-member senior class has been a part of 37 victories.