Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 2, 2008
CHICAGO - A penalty kick goal by junior forward George Mihai (Chicago, Ill./Garden City CC) in the 78th minute of play put the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team ahead for good in a 2-1 victory over visiting Cornerstone University (Mich.) in rainy conditions Tuesday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. It was the first victory of the season for the Cougars, who improve to 1-2 overall with their home-opener win. SXU also got its first goal of the game late when junior forward Zach Kekelik (Merrillville, Ind./Crown Point) found the back of the net in the 75th minute off an assist from freshman forward Al Palar (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central).

After a scoreless first half, the rain stopped and the offensive attacks for both teams picked up in intensity. The Golden Eagles struck first just five minutes into the second half when freshman midfielder Alan Doornbos got a shot past SXU junior keeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) off an assist from freshman forward Jared Stacy. CU held the 1-0 lead until the 75th minute when Kekelik scored on a breakaway on the right side of the goal. Then, just over three minutes later, SXU was awarded a penalty kick after Cornerstone freshman keeper Dan Kerstan saved two previous shot attempts in the box. Mihai took advantage of the penalty kick and put it through the left side of the goal for the eventual game-winner. Pickett finished the game with three saves for the Cougars.

Saint Xavier (1-2 overall) returns to action on Friday, September 5, with a road game against Northland Baptist Bible College (Wis.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be played at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.