Schererville, Ind. – With a goal and three assists on the day, senior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central) led the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team to its second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory with a 6-2 win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Wednesday afternoon in Schererville, Ind. The Cougars (4-4 overall/2-0 CCAC) pulled away early scoring four unanswered goals in the first half and led by a 5-0 advantage early in the second half. SXU made the most of its scoring chances scoring on six of its eight shots-on-goal attempts in the contest.
The Cougars notched their first goal in the 11thminute of play when junior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso University/Valparaiso H.S.) capitalized on a perfectly placed corner kick from senior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle). Less than seven minutes later, Palar would record Saint Xavier's second goal of the game on an unassisted play. Breitenbach would post his second goal of the day in the 20thminute off a Palar assist to put SXU ahead, 3-0. Palar would then find senior midfielder Samuel Sprauer (Chicago, Ill./Azusa Pacific University/Ohio State University/Glenbard North) in the 34thminute for the team's fourth goal.
Just over seven minutes into the second half, Guzman would find the back of the net off Palar's third assist of the game. The Crimson Wave would answer in the 70thminute with an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Matt Plawecki. Freshman midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) would cap the scoring surge for the Cougars a minute later off a nice pass by Breitenbach. As time expired in regulation, CCSJ scored its second goal on a shot by freshman forward Jorge Bahenas. Freshman keeper A.J. Pfatschbacher (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) finished with five saves for SXU in Wednesday's victory.
Saint Xavier (4-4-0 overall/2-0 CCAC) continues its road stretch on Saturday, October 1, with a trip to Elgin, Ill., to take on conference foe Judson University (Ill.). The game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. The Eagles are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Men's Soccer Top 25 Poll.