Sat, Nov. 4, 2006 - [Women's Soccer]
CHICAGO - An early second-half goal by junior midfielder Aleks Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Bryan) gave the No. 8 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University women's soccer team just enough of the offense it needed to pull out a 1-0 victory over No. 6 seed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in the championship game of the 2006 NAIA Region VII Women's Soccer Tournament on a windy Saturday afternoon at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. It is the first region title in the program's 10-year existence and the Cougars will now advance to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament for the first time in school history.
Sudar recorded the game-winning goal with 41:46 remaining in the second half off an assist from junior forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community). The Saint Xavier defense had another sensational outing posting its fourth straight shutout. Freshman Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois) tallied her school record-tying 10th shutout of the season behind two saves. The Cougars had six shots on goal in the game compared to just two by the Trolls. Saturday's victory marks the 12th straight win for SXU this season, the longest streak in the program's history. The team's last loss came on September 23 in a 1-0 decision against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.).
Saint Xavier (19-3 overall/7-2 CCAC) will now await its seeding for the 2006 NAIA National Tournament in Olathe, Kan., which begins on Thursday, November 16. The national office will release the seedings for the entire national tournament field early next week.