Bensenville, Ill. – Junior forward Elysha Peele (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) scored on a breakaway goal in first-half action to give the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team an early 1-0 lead, but two second-half goals by No. 21 Robert Morris University (Ill.) proved to be the difference in a 2-1 victory for the host Eagles at the Redmond Athletic Complex Wednesday night in Bensenville, Ill. Both teams endured extremely windy and wet playing conditions in yesterday's match-up, but a penalty kick goal by senior forward Monica Barrera with less than six minutes to play in regulation ended up giving RMU the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory. With the loss, SXU (8-7-0 overall) falls to fifth place in the conference standings at 4-3, while Robert Morris sits tied for third place with Trinity Christian College at 5-2.
In the 23rdminute of action, Peele took a nice lead pass from senior midfielder Joanna Janulis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Benet Academy) to break free for her first-half goal. The Cougars took the 1-0 lead into halftime and continued to hold the advantage until the 58thminute when freshman midfielder Cindi Chavez tied the game on a shot off a rebound from 10 yards out. With 5:51 left in regulation, SXU committed a tackle in the box that resulted in a successful penalty kick by Barrera to give RMU the late 2-1 lead. Senior keeper Ashley Shugar (Lake Orion, Mich./Western Illinois University/Lake Orion) got the start in goal for the Cougars and finished with five saves.
Saint Xavier (8-7-0 overall/4-3-0 CCAC) hosts a conference game against No. 11 ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Friday, October 21. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. SXU will also be holding its fourth annual "Cougs Kick Cancer" event in collaboration with Friday's game to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.