Des Moines, Iowa -An own goal just two-and-a-half
minutes into overtime was the difference as the Saint Xavier University men's
soccer team lost a tough, hard-fought 1-0 decision to No. 13 Grand View
University (Iowa) in the opening round game of the 2010 NAIA Men's Soccer
Championship Saturday at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. The Cougars end their season with a 15-6-1
overall record, while No. 13 Grand View advances with its 19-1 record to the
16-team final site in Orange Beach, Ala., which starts on November 29. The own goal occurred when one of SXU's players
got a foot on a hard pass that came off wrong and deflected into the upper
corner of the goal.
"This is a really tough way to end the season, because I thought that both
teams played extremely hard and neither deserved to lose," said Saint Xavier
men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic. "Our guys
were tremendous today and did not back down an inch against a very talented
team. We had our chances to score today,
but our defensive effort was there like it has been all year. We just didn't catch a break late."
Freshman keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) was exceptional in goal
for the Cougars posting 11 saves in the game.
Senior forward Ernad Dzananovic (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem), junior
midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central), junior midfielder Adrian
Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) and junior defender Dan Cross (Gravesend,
England/Axton Chase) each finished with a shot-on-goal Saturday. Grand View was aggressive offensively
recording 12 shots-on-goal to SXU's four.
Saint Xavier qualified for the opening round game by upsetting No. 1 seed
and then-No. 25 ranked Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 2-1, in overtime
in the championship game of the 2010 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
(CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament. It was
the Cougars first appearance in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship
since the program was established in 1991.