LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Luke Spencer tallied a late goal and Xavier earned its first NCAA tournament victory with a 1-0 win against Kentucky on Thursday at the UK Soccer Complex.
The Musketeers (14-2-5) advanced to play Indiana on Sunday.
Spencer netted his league-leading 14th goal of the season on a counter attack in the 86th minute. The ball was carried down the field by the Matt and Will Walker, who crossed the ball in the box and set up Spencer’s one touch to the far post.
Xavier narrowly won the shot advantage (10-9) but held corner kicks (7-1) and shots on goals (4-1).
Matt Walker led all Xavier players with four shots and three on goal. His 10th assist makes him the second player in Division I to reach the season double digits in goals and assists. Matt Lodge had six shots for UK.
Justin Marshall (14-5-2) earned the shutout victory without recording a save.
Xavier improves to 6-0-1 when shutting out its opponent this season and 11-0-2 when winning the corner kick battle.
Sunday’s meeting with the Hoosiers will be the first match between the two programs.