Senior Al Palar recorded a goal and an assist on
Senior Al Palar recorded a goal and an assist on "Senior Night" Wednesday
Trinity International University (Ill.)
Saint Xavier
Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 26, 2011

CHICAGO – Led by a goal and assist from senior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central) on "Senior Night," the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team pulled away for a 4-1 victory over Trinity International University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Wednesday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.  The Cougars (9-8-0 overall/7-2-0 CCAC) used a strong first-half performance to build a 3-0 advantage at the break.  Freshman midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) also had a nice game for SXU recording a goal and assist as well. 

Medina scored the opening goal exactly 19 minutes into the game when he connected on a deep shot from 25 yards out.  Senior midfielder Samuel Sprauer (Carol Stream, Ill./Azusa Pacific University/Ohio State University/Glenbard North) tallied the assist on the Medina score.  Just over four minutes later, Palar put Saint Xavier ahead, 2-0, on a shot into the lower left corner of the net set up by a nice cross from Medina.  In the 32ndminute, senior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) scored on a short shot created on a pass by Palar. 

A long free kick by senior defender Vasily Giannakopoulos found its way into the goal for the Trojans just over four minutes into the second half making the score, 3-1.  Freshman midfielder Carl-Heing Jean (Pompano Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) would cap the scoring for the night with a break-away goal in the 75thminute off an assist by senior forward Matt Klancic (Aurora, Ill./Bowling Green State University/Waubonsie Valley).  Sophomore keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) got the start in goal for SXU and finished with three saves.  The Cougars out-shot the Trojans, 18-7, in Wednesday's game.

Saint Xavier (9-8-0 overall/7-2-0 CCAC) wraps up regular season play on Saturday, October 29, with a conference road game against Trinity Christian College (Ill.).  The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start in Palos Heights, Ill.