Deerfield, Ill. - A penalty kick goal by junior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze,
Poland/Plainfield Central) in the 81st minute of play lifted Saint
Xavier University to a thrilling 2-1 road win over Trinity International
University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's soccer
action Tuesday afternoon in Deerfield, Ill.
The Cougars trailed early on after giving up a goal in the sixth minute
of regulation, but scored the final two goals of the game to claim the victory
and improve to 10-5-1 overall this season.
Freshman keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) played well in goal
for SXU recording five saves.
junior defender Vasily Giannakopoulos put his team ahead just over six minutes
into play with a bending shot set up by assists from junior defender Kenneth
Stoner and freshman midfielder Jared Ventura, respectively. In the 18th minute, senior forward
Ryan Clemens (Midlothian, Ill./Trinity Christian College/Moraine Valley
CC/Lincoln-Way East) took advantage of a beautiful cross by Palar and found the
back of the net to tie things up, 1-1.
Palar would then notch the game-winning score off the penalty kick with
less than nine minutes remaining in regulation to help secure the conference
Xavier (10-5-1 overall/6-1-1 CCAC) hosts Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on
Saturday, October 30, for another conference match-up. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.