Orange Beach, Ala. – Despite a stellar performance in goal by sophomore keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine), the unseeded Saint Xavier University men's soccer team ended its season Monday afternoon with a tough 1-0 loss to No. 1 seed and No. 2 ranked Hastings College (Neb.) at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala. The Broncos, the 2010 NAIA national champion, scored the game-winning goal in the 81stminute of action when sophomore forward Dru Kobs capitalized off a deflected save in the box. Held finished the game with eight saves to lead the defensive effort for Saint Xavier.
Senior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central) and junior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso University/Valparaiso) led the offensive attack for the Cougars each finishing with three shots on the day, including two shots on goal apiece. Hastings tallied 19 shots in the game compared to 12 by Saint Xavier. SXU had its chances on the offensive end, especially in the second half when a couple of shot attempts off breakaways just missed finding the back of the net. The Broncos improve to 22-1-0 overall with Monday's win and advance to the quarterfinals Wednesday to take on the winner of the game between No. 8 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) and University of Arts & Science (Okla.).
Saint Xavier ends its 2011 campaign with an overall record of 14-9-0. The Cougars finished second place in the final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings at 8-2-0 and won the CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 win over Judson University (Ill.). SXU made its first appearance in the second round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships by defeating No. 17 Taylor University (Ind.), 1-0, in overtime during opening round action.