CHICAGO - Behind a pair of goals by senior forward Ryan Clemens (Midlothian, Ill./Trinity Christian/Moraine Valley CC/Lincoln-Way East), the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team got a huge 4-0 victory over Missouri Baptist University (Mo.) in its home opener Friday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars were dominating on both sides of the ball taking 23 shots to just eight by the Spartans, including a 13-5 advantage in shots-on-goal. Freshman keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) played the first 80 minutes in goal for SXU and posted five saves in just his second collegiate start.
The Cougars notched their first goal in the 26th minute when junior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) got free in the box for a shot from the left side that found the back of the net. Saint Xavier struck again just over three minutes later when junior forward Matt Klancic (Aurora, Ill./Bowling Green State/Waubonsie Valley) took a beautiful pass from senior midfielder Ben Johnson (Woodridge, Ill./Western Illinois/Naperville North) and connected on a wide open shot from the right side. With just under four minutes remaining in the first half, Clemens put SXU ahead 3-0 on another open shot from the right side set up by an assist from Klancic. Clemens would cap the game's scoring in the 76th minute when he converted a penalty kick to the lower left corner of the net.
Saint Xavier (1-1-0 overall) continues its home stand on Saturday, August 28, taking on Grand View University (Iowa) at 4 p.m. at Deaton Field.