Wed, Nov. 5, 2008 - [Women's Soccer]
Palos Hills, Ill. - Paced by a pair of unassisted goals by sophomore forward Kelly Steinhaus (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team did Wednesday what no other team has been able to do all season. The No. 4 seeded Cougars (9-9-1 overall) defeated the previously unbeaten (19-1 overall) and No. 8 ranked Trinity Christian College Trolls, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill. In addition, TCC had allowed just five goals over all 19 of its previous games heading into the semifinals match-up Wednesday.
Steinhaus notched the game's first goal in the 18th minute of play when she broke free and connected on a shot from the right wing that deflected off a Trinity Christian player and into the goal. The Cougars carried the early 1-0 lead into halftime despite being out-shot 7-1 in the half. The Trolls tied things up just under four minutes into the second half when junior midfielder Claire Comerouski scored on an unassisted shot in the box. Steinhaus struck again for SXU in the 57th minute on another unassisted goal from inside the box.
The Cougars then extended their lead to two goals, 3-1, just over a minute later when senior midfielder Sarah Scigalski (Alsip, Ill./Mother McAuley) took a free kick pass from sophomore defender Jessica Belmonte (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) and punched it through to the back of the net. The Trolls would cut the lead to one, 3-2, on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Trisha Airth in the 59th minute. However, junior forward Cecilia Cline (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) would put the game away in the 63rd minute with an unassisted goal to give her team the 4-2 advantage. Senior keeper Nikki Grant (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) was stellar in goal for SXU posting 10 saves, including six in the final 25 minutes of regulation to help preserve the 4-2 victory. Saint Xavier (9-9-1 overall) heads to Saturday's CCAC Championship game against No. 2 seed Trinity International University (Ill.) in Deerfield, Ill. Game time has yet to be determined. The winner of the championship will gain an automatic berth to an opening round game in the 2008 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 22.