St. Augustine, Fla. – A goal by junior midfielder Chris Gowar in the game's 102ndminute proved to be the difference maker as the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team fell, 3-2, in double overtime against Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) Sunday morning in St. Augustine, Fla. The Cougars (7-7-0 overall) were able to tie the game, 2-2, late when freshman midfielder Tom Lojek (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) curled a shot into the upper left corner of the goal with less than a minute to play in regulation. Freshman midfielder David Rodriguez (Montgomery, Ill./Yorkville) provided the assist on the game-tying goal.
Senior defender Cody Culver (Roscoe, Ill./Harlem) put SXU ahead, 1-0, in the 19thminute when he scored on an unassisted shot from 22 yards out at the top of the box. In the 33rdminute, sophomore midfielder Jose Izurieta-Herrera tied things up when he found the inside right post off a direct kick. The game remained tied, 1-1, for the rest of the first half, but the Bees struck again early in the second half when senior midfielder Karl Sjostrom scored on a breakaway set up by a pass from Izurieta-Herrera. With just seconds left to play, Lojek staged his late-game heroics to force extra periods. However, Gowar was able to score off a rebounded save to give SCAD the 3-2 victory. Sophomore keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) logged six saves for the Cougars in goal Sunday.
Saint Xavier (7-7-0 overall/5-1-0 CCAC) gets back to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate on Tuesday, October 18, with a road game against Robert Morris University. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in Bensenville, Ill.