Tue, Oct. 28, 2008 - [Women's Soccer]
CHICAGO - Despite its 4-3 loss to Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) over the weekend, the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team has received the No. 4 seed in the 2008 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Saturday, November 1. Due to a conference tie-breaking rule, the three-way tie for fourth place in the CCAC standings between SXU, Olivet Nazarene, and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) was seeded for the upcoming tournament based on the fewest number of goals allowed in conference games during the regular season. Since the Cougars had the lowest total of the three teams tied for fourth place, they will garner the No. 4 seed and host No. 5 seeded IIT this Saturday at 12 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago for a quarterfinals match of the CCAC Tournament.
In its previous meeting on October 4, Saint Xavier defeated Illinois Institute of Technology, 3-0, on the road. Both teams finished with 13 shots-on-goal in the game, but SXU junior keeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois/Stagg) completed the shutout by recording 13 saves. Credit should also be given to the Cougar defense made up primarily by junior Jessica Martinez (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg), sophomores Nikki Gendron (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) and Jessica Belmonte (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) and freshman Andrea Fischer (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius X). Their collective efforts during the regular season allowed SXU to secure the No. 4 seed by allowing the fewest conference goals among the three teams battling for the seeding.
Saint Xavier (7-9-1 overall/5-4 CCAC) carries the No. 4 seed into the eight-team 2008 CCAC Women's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Saturday, November 1. The Cougars will take on No. 5 seed Illinois Institute of Technology (Ill.) in quarterfinals action Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field. Game time is set for 12 p.m.