EVANSVILLE – Up at the break, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team saw three goals find the back of the net for 19th-ranked Xavier in a 3-1 loss to the Musketeers on Tuesday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
Sophomore forward Nacho Diaz added to his season account, scoring his seventh goal of the year on a penalty kick in the 12th minute. The Spaniard also led the Aces in shots, recording three of Evansville’s four attempts on the night. In goal, graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni was unlucky in his sixth start of the season for Evansville. While Xavier scored three goals, one was scored on a deflection, another an own goal, and the final by an unmarked man on a corner kick. Vidizzoni set a new season mark, making nine saves between the posts.
After a ball into the box ricocheted off the hand of a Xavier defender, Evansville was awarded a PK, which Diaz took and calmly finished past the keeper to give the Aces a 1-0 advantage in the opening half. Evansville’s defense was able to stave off an aggressive Musketeers attack with Vidizzoni making seven first half saves to keep Xavier off the scoreboard at the break.
Xavier found its breakthrough in the 49th minute as a shot from 25 yards out bounced into the box and deflected off the foot of Makel Rasheed and into goal to equal the match at one. In the 73rd minute, Xavier took the lead after a cross into the box was deflected off an Ace into the back of the net. Finally, Xavier scored its third on a corner in the 87th minute as Rasheed knocked home his second of the night in the Musketeer’s 3-1 win.
Evansville goes on the road this weekend to continue MVC competition with a trip to take on 17th-ranked Missouri State on Saturday at 7 PM in Springfield, Mo.
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