CHICAGO – Evan Held, a senior goalkeeper at Palatine High School in Palatine, Ill., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar men's soccer program. Held had a nice senior season with the Pirates helping them to a 13-9-1 overall record and a trip to the championship of the Class 3A Libertyville Regional as well as earning special mention on the 2011 Daily Herald Northwest/ Boy's Soccer All-Area Team. His older brother, Kyle, has been the Cougars' starting keeper for the past two seasons.
Held is the son of Frank and Kimberley Held of Palatine. He played prep soccer at Palatine High School under head coach Willie Fillian. Held plans to pursue a degree in finance starting next fall at Saint Xavier University.
"Evan's signing gives this program something I don't think it has ever had in its history…three goalkeepers," said SXU men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic. "All kidding aside, Evan's abilities were all-area quality at Palatine High School and he has shown at the high school and club level that he has the potential to be a difference maker. At 6-4, he brings us another big presence in the penalty area and depth at a crucial position. It will be nice to have competition at that spot and interesting to see how that competition sharpens all three guys. One of those guys will be his brother, so I'm sure there will be more than a few stories told about how they handle the competition with one another."