Men's Soccer - Thu, Nov. 2, 2006
Elgin, Ill. - Despite a game-tying, penalty kick goal by senior midfielder Almir Hot (Belgrade, Serbia/Lindenwood University) with less than a minute to play in regulation, the No. 5 seeded Saint Xavier University men's soccer team fell, 2-1, in overtime to No. 1 seed and No. 12 ranked Judson College (Ill.), Wednesday in the semifinals of the 2006 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament in Elgin, Ill. The heart-breaking loss eliminates the Cougars (11-9 overall/5-4 CCAC) from further conference tournament play and of earning a bid to participate in next week's NAIA Region VII Men's Soccer Tournament.
With the game still scoreless heading into the final minute of regulation, both teams took advantage of penalty kick situations to keep the score knotted, 1-1. With 50 seconds to play, junior midfielder Mark Howlett was awarded the first penalty kick after being taken down in the box by freshman goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic). Less than 20 seconds later, Hot was taken down in the box by a Judson defender to create the game-tying scenario.
However, just over a minute in the overtime period, senior midfielder and 2006 CCAC Player of the Year Jesus Saiz took a cross from sophomore forward Milos Bajic and found the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Pickett was tough in goal for the Cougars finishing with five saves. The loss ended a five-game win streak for Saint Xavier University, its longest of the season.
The Cougars finish the 2006 season with an 11-9 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the CCAC regular season standings.