Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 21, 2006
CHICAGO - A pair of goals by freshman forward Zach Kekelik (Merrillville, Ind./Crown Point) helped lift the Saint Xavier University (Ill.) men's soccer team to a huge 4-2 upset win over No. 23 ranked Trinity International University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. SXU (8-8 overall/4-4 CCAC) needed the win to keep its hopes alive for nabbing the sixth and final berth of the 2006 CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Saturday, October 28.
Kekelik scored both of Saint Xavier's first-half goals with his first coming on an unassisted breakaway in the ninth minute of play. His second goal came just over 13 minutes later off an assist by senior midfielder Almir Hot (Belgrade, Serbia/Lindenwood University). TIU closed to within a goal, 2-1, with just under four minutes remaining in the first half when sophomore midfielder Salvador Diaz found the back of the net off passes from sophomore defender Brett Ellerbroek and senior midfielder Danny Drout, respectively.
In second half action, sophomore midfielder Agustin Herrera (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom) put the Cougars back up by two, 3-1, on a goal in the 53rd minute of play off an assist by freshman defender Seamus Ryan (Alsip, Ill./Mount Carmel). The Trojans narrowed the lead to one again, 3-2, with just over 20 minutes to play in regulation when sophomore forward Travis Bacon posted an unassisted goal. However, a goal by junior forward Alex Duncan (Orland Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC) with 8:37 remaining sealed the victory for the Cougars. Junior forward Sinisa Vidakovic (Loves Park, Ill./Rockford College) and Hot combined for assists on Duncan's goal. Freshman Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) got the start at goalkeeper for SXU and finished with seven saves.
Saint Xavier (8-8 overall, 4-4 CCAC) wraps up its conference regular-season slate with a 3 p.m. game on Tuesday, October 24, against University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Joliet, Ill. If the Cougars win on Tuesday, they will earn the final berth in the 2006 CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament.