Sun, Sep. 14, 2008 - [Women's Soccer]
Columbia, Ky. - It may not have been the start that the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team was looking for, but the ending proved to be nice as the Cougars split their two games over the weekend at the Lindsey Wilson College Kelme Classic in Columbia, Ky. SXU (2-4-1 overall) had a tough challenge Friday in its match-up against the No. 4 ranked hosts from Lindsey Wilson falling 5-1, but bounced back in its Saturday game against Georgetown College (Ky.) with a 1-0 victory in overtime. Freshman midfielder Larissa Jondle (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius X) scored the game-winning goal Saturday in the thrilling overtime win.
In Friday's meeting with No. 4 Lindsey Wilson, the Cougars fell behind early giving up three unanswered goals in the game's first 25 minutes. Senior midfielder Sarah Scigalski (Alsip, Ill./Mother McAuley) scored an unassisted goal off a free kick with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half to make the score, 3-1, heading into halftime. However, the Blue Raiders tacked on two more goals in second half action to pull away for the 5-1 victory. The Cougars managed just three shots-on-goal in the game compared to 15 by Lindsey Wilson. Seniors Nikki Grant (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and Kim Pavel (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) split time in goal for Saint Xavier with Grant recording four saves in the first half and Pavel posting six saves in the second.
The second game Saturday was a completely different affair with both teams struggling to notch goals and the game remaining scoreless at the end of regulation. However, just three minutes and 18 seconds into the first overtime period, Jondle got open for a shot off a pass from sophomore forward Kelly Steinhaus (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and punched it through for the game-winning goal. Grant picked up her first shutout of the season in goal finishing with three saves. The Cougars had seven shots-on-goal in the game compared to just three by Georgetown.
Saint Xavier (2-4-1 overall) takes a week off before returning to action on Saturday, September 20, with a 7 p.m. (eastern) road game against Indiana Wesleyan University (Ind.) in Marion, Ind. It will mark the last non-conference game for the Cougars before they open their conference slate next Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Judson University (Ill.) at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.