Joliet, Ill. - Closing out last week with a
big 2-1 overtime win over No. 16 ranked and previous unbeaten Judson University
(Ill.) helped Saint Xavier University sweep the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic
Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Player of the Week awards Tuesday. Junior forward Matt Klancic (Aurora, Ill./Bowling
Green State University/Waubonsie Valley) nabbed the offensive player of the
week honor and freshman goalkeeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) picked
up the weekly defensive recognition for the Cougars. Both had impressive outings as SXU went 1-0-1
on the week.
Klancic was the key in the upset win over Judson Saturday
afternoon. He scored both goals for the
Cougars as they stayed unbeaten in the CCAC standings. Tying the game, 1-1, in the 76th
minute, Klancic headed in the goal off a cross in exciting fashion. Then, in the 97th minute, he broke
through Judson's defense to net the game-winning score. He now has four goals and four assists on the
year and leads Saint Xavier with 12 points.
Held continued his dominance in goal earning his third CCAC
Defensive Player of the Week award of the season. He stopped 14 shots on the week and recorded
a shutout in a 0-0 tie against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). Held had seven saves for his third shutout of
the year in the week's first game against Calumet. In Saint Xavier's biggest win of the season,
Held posted seven stops in the 2-1 upset of No. 16 Judson University. Held has a team-leading 53 saves on the year
and a 0.75 goals-against average (GAA).
Saint Xavier has moved up to No. 22 in the latest NAIA
National Top 25 Poll, which was released earlier this afternoon. It is the first time they have been ranked in
the top 25 this season. SXU is 6-2-1 on
the year and 2-0-1 in the conference standings.
The Cougars head to Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 6, for a conference
game against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 5 p.m.