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Mixed results for women's soccer

By Kyle Isaacs
On October 19, 2011

While the rest of the University returned home for Fall Break, the Xavier women's soccer team hit the road for two Atlantic 10 away games.

The women headed to Richmond on Friday to take on the Spiders; despite an intense game with many chances but no goals, the women tied 0-0.

The Musketeers returned to action on Sunday versus A-10 foe George Washington but lost 1-0 in overtime.

Following the Fall Break weekend, the women are 5-7-2 on the season (0-4-1 in conference) and are still searching for their first road victory this season.

Though Xavier was unable to find the back of the net on Friday, the offense created many chances.

The Musketeers posted 17 shots versus Richmond, led by junior Leslie Twehues, who had eight shots on the day.

The Spiders were shut out on the scoreboard thanks to a quality team defensive effort, highlighted by freshman Katie Markesbery's 15 saves in goal.

"Richmond plays very good soccer and has one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the league. The defense did a great job of limiting [Richmond's] chances," head coach Woody Sherwood said on

On Sunday, the women looked to finish the weekend strong with a victory in the nation's capital against George Washington University.

The story this season for the women's soccer team has been overtime games; the game Sunday was no different as the women played in their sixth overtime game this season, one shy of the school record of seven (set in 2006). The women held strong defensively for 98 minutes but allowed a goal in the 99th minute of action to suffer the 1-0 defeat.x

The women look to pick up their first conference win of the season at home this Friday as they play host to the Temple Owls.

The game, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Xavier Soccer Complex, is the first of four consecutive home games for the women as well as "Think Pink" night for breast cancer awareness.

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