Junior Adrian Guzman had Saint Xavier's first goal Wednesday night
Junior Adrian Guzman had Saint Xavier's first goal Wednesday night
Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)
Saint Xavier
Men's Soccer - Wed, Nov. 10, 2010

CHICAGO - Goals by junior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) and junior forward Matt Klancic (Aurora, Ill./Bowling Green State University/Waubonsie Valley) were enough to propel No. 2 seed Saint Xavier University to a 2-1 win over No. 3 seeded Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in the semifinals of the 2010 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament Wednesday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars advance to Saturday's tournament championship with an overall record of 14-5-1 and face No. 1 seed and No. 25 ranked Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on the road at Stuart Field in Chicago. The Tigers end their season with a mark of 12-6-1.

After a scoreless first half, things got interesting in a hurry when SXU junior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central) found Guzman open in front of the goal. Guzman capitalized on the nice pass and put the Cougars ahead, 1-0, on a shot into the lower left corner of the net in the 57th minute of play. Less than two minutes later, Klancic intercepted an ONU pass back to the keeper and punched it in from 15 yards out to give his team a 2-0 advantage. The Tigers would not go down quietly and, with just over three minutes left in regulation, cut the deficit in half when freshman midfielder Eugene Burndam scored a goal off a corner kick. The assist was credited to senior forward Raphael Correa.

The Cougar defense held firm over the final three minutes and limited ONU's chances of tying the game. SXU freshman keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) finished with six saves on the night, while Olivet Nazarene freshman Kenny Huber posted eight stops. The Cougars are riding a hot streak winning their last five games, including a 4-3 road victory over then-No. 23 ranked Illinois Institute of Technology last Wednesday.

Saint Xavier (14-5-1 overall/8-1-1 CCAC) awaits Saturday's official game time for the CCAC Tournament championship at Illinois Tech's Stuart Field. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth to the 2010 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships with the opening round games scheduled for Saturday, November 20.