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
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.