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Spencer makes Xavier soccer history

Luke Spencer becomes the first Xavier soccer player to be drafted by the MLS

By Sabrina Brown
On January 24, 2013

Luke Spencer, senior forward for the Xavier men's soccer team, became the first Musketeer to ever be picked in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft on Thursday afternoon. Spencer, a Cincinnati native, was picked 23rd in the draft by the New England Revolution, who finished the 2012 season 9-17-8.
This fall, Spencer helped lead the Xavier Musketeers on their longest NCAA tournament run in school history, falling in the second round to Indiana University, who would go on to win the national championship. Spencer led the Atlantic 10 in scoring this season with 14 goals, nearly half of the 29 scored in his
career as a Musketeer. At the close of the season, Spencer was named to the A-10 First Team as well as to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team. Spencer's achievement is
one of many for the Musketeers, who have seen a complete 180 under the direction of head coach Andy Fleming. "Being the first soccer player drafted from Xavier shows that these opportunities are going to come to more players and hopefully this is something a few of our players will get to go through next year," Spencer said in an interview. The New England Revolution also had the first overall selection in the draft, with which they picked up Andrew Farrell, a defender from the University of Louisville. In addition to Spencer, the Revolution also added forward/mid- fielder Donnie Smith of Charlotte and goalkeeper Luis Soffner of Indiana in the second round.

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