Grand Rapids, Mich. – Junior forward Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso University/Valparaiso H.S.) posted the game-winning goal just over five minutes into overtime to give the No. 25 ranked Saint Xavier University men's soccer team a thrilling 2-1 road victory over Aquinas College (Mich.) Wednesday evening in Grand Rapids, Mich. It was the first victory of the season for the Cougars, who improve to 1-1-0 on the year. Sophomore keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) was solid in goal stopping three shots for three saves, including one in the extra period.
A goal in the 33rdminute by freshman midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan), the first of his collegiate career, was set up by a nice assist from senior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle). The Cougars carried the 1-0 advantage into halftime and throughout most of the second half. However, with less than five minutes to play in regulation, Aquinas sophomore midfielder Mitch Torres tied the game, 1-1, with an unassisted goal at the 85:31 mark. This would set the stage for Breitenbach's overtime heroics scoring the decisive goal on an unassisted shot attempt. The Saints finished with 16 shots in Wednesday's game, but only four were on goal. The Cougars posted 11 shots, but had six that were on goal.
Saint Xavier (1-1-0 overall) returns to action on Wednesday, September 7, with its home opener against Goshen College (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.