Deerfield, Ill. – Goals by sophomore midfielder Tom Lojek (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) and senior defender Sam Vanaria (Chicago, Ill./Adelphi/UW-Parkside/Sandburg) lifted Saint Xavier University to a 2-0 win over Trinity International University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's soccer action Saturday afternoon in Deerfield, Ill. The Cougars (5-3-0 overall) got another stellar defensive effort in goal by junior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) behind two saves. It was his 10th career save and third of the season.
Lojek kicked off the game's scoring in the 38th minute when he took in an assist from sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) and found the back of the net on the resulting shot attempt. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. In second-half action, SXU added some insurance to its lead when Vanaria scored a goal in the 70th minute off an unassisted shot. The Cougars finished the game with five total shots compared to just two by the Trojans.
Saint Xavier (5-3-0 overall/1-0-0 CCAC) continues its season on Tuesday, September 25, with a game against conference foe Trinity Christian College (Ill.). The home game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.