Tue, Nov. 9, 2004 - [Men's Soccer]
Deerfield, Ill. - Senior goalkeeper Enrique Orejel (Chicago, Ill./Curie) was not ready to see his collegiate soccer career at Saint Xavier University end Tuesday in quarterfinal action of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region VII Tournament. Following a 1-1 tie and two scoreless overtime periods, the game between No. 5 seed SXU and No. 4 seeded Trinity International University came down to penalty kicks and it became Orejel's time to shine. Orejel saved three of TIU's four penalty kick attempts and helped secure the Cougars' advancement Tuesday to the semi-finals in Deerfield, Ill. With the PK advantage, Saint Xavier advances to semi-final action on Friday, November 12, at SXU stadium to take on No. 1 seeded Judson College (Ill.) at 11 a.m.
SXU took the early 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of regulation when senior forward Anthony Carev (Glen Ellyn, Ill./College of DuPage) received an assist from junior forward Paul Herbst (Cary, Ill./McHenry CC) for the goal. However, Trinity International was able to tie the game in the 81st minute of play. After two scoreless, 10-minute overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks and the Cougars converted on three of their four attempts with goals from sophomore midfielder David Levy (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North), senior midfielder James Peska (Batavia, Ill./Kishwaukee CC), and senior forward Andy Kocur (Harwood Heights, Ill./Loyola Academy), respectively. Orejel finished the game with six saves.
The game will be credited for record purposes as a tie (since it was determined by penalty kicks) so Saint Xavier's overall record goes to 12-6-4. The Cougars qualified for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) semi-finals last week, but were eliminated by Trinity International, 1-0, and were forced to wait for a regional bid to continue their season.