Wildcat Men’s Soccer Hosts Dayton for A10 Quarterfinal on Sunday
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Jackson Bracy’s 17th minute goal held as Davidson secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 1-0 win at Duquesne to cap regular season play Wednesday evening at Rooney Stadium. The win means the Wildcats will be hosting 7 seed Dayton at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition to the Wildcats earning the right to host a quarterfinal matchup Sunday on 1992 Team Field, tonight’s win was the 150th of head coach Matt Spear‘s 18-year career.
Davidson (9-6-2, 5-2-1 A-10), which went 3-0-1 in Atlantic 10 road games, finished with 16 points, three behind regular-season champion VCU and one clear of Rhode Island and George Mason.
This marks the highest finish in the conference standings for the Wildcats since joining the A-10 in July of 2014.
Making his first collegiate start, Bracy’s eventual game-winner and the third goal of his freshman campaign was set up by fellow midfielder Jaylen Thompson.
Sawyer Gaffney led both keepers with 7 saves en route to his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Postgame Comments from Head Coach Matt Spear
Our team’s condolences for the horrific tragedy here this week.
The guys put in a solid all-around effort and performance tonight. Sometimes getting on the road can be a good way to galvanize.
Super stoked for Jackson to get the game winner in his first college start.
Important contributions tonight by John at center mid – he was verbal, in good spots and composed – and Quinn at forward as his work rate and aerial presence were good.
Also really happy for Sawyer and our back four to get the shutout.
It was another full team effort. That’s what I love about this group, they don’t seek to be a super star but rather ask “What can I do and be to help the cause?” It’s really refreshing.