Freshman Kyle Held - CCAC Defensive Player of the Week
Freshman Kyle Held - CCAC Defensive Player of the Week
Men's Soccer - Tue, Oct. 5, 2010

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.