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Xavier men's soccer ends last regular season game in a draw

By Lauren Vaughan
On November 10, 2011

For the first time, Xavier's men's soccer team is headed to the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament in consecutive years.

The defending A-10 Champions were 10-4-3 overall and 4-3-2 in A-10 play this season.

On Saturday, the Muskies faced the Dayton Flyers in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw. With a win, Xavier would have clinched a spot in the A-10 Championship tournament.

A draw meant the team had to wait until Sunday to see if it would be able to play for its second league title in a row.

George Washington defeated Duquesne on Sunday afternoon, guaranteeing the Musketeers a trip to the tournament.

George Washington scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute on a free kick.

The Musketeers, No. 6 for the second year in a row, will face No. 3 Charlotte in the first round. This year, the tournament is hosted by Saint Louis University.

On Thursday, No. 4 Temple will play No. 5 La Salle. The Owls (9-9-0; 5-4-0 in the A-10) and the Explorers (6-8-4; 4-2-3 in the A-10) will play at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

George Washington have a first-round bye.

Xavier faced all other tournament teams at some point this season.

The Musketeers beat George Washington, had a draw against La Salle and lost to Temple, Fordham and Charlotte.

Last year, Xavier beat Charlotte in a 0-0 draw that was decided on penalty kicks.

The Musketeers won with five penalty kicks to Charlotte's three. They went on to beat No. 2 La Salle and No. 3 Temple.

With the wins, Xavier became the first No. 6 seed to win the tournament and therefore earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

They went on to lose to West Virginia in the first round (4-2) after leading 2-0.

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