CHICAGO – Trailing 1-0 at the halftime break, the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team turned it up a notch in second-half action scoring seven goals to capture a 7-1 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Wednesday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. Sophomore forward Lorenzo Savino (Palatine, Ill./Harper JC/Fremd) led the way with a hat trick (three goals) on the night, while sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) and freshman forward Marco Gutierrez (Stone Park, Ill./St. Joseph) also turned in stellar outings scoring two goals apiece. With the win, SXU stays perfect in conference play at 4-0-0 and improves its overall mark to 8-3-0. CCSJ falls to 4-7-0 on the year and 2-2-0 in conference play.
Junior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) had another solid start in goal for the Cougars Wednesday finishing the game with nine saves and allowing just the lone score in the first half. Gutierrez kicked off the offensive surge for Saint Xavier scoring on a header in front of the goal set up by a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) just over a minute into the second half. In the 55th minute, Gutierrez struck again scoring on a deflected ball off the Crimson Wave keeper. Freshman defender Dan Cordes (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) provided the assist on SXU's second score.
It was all Saint Xavier from that point on with Simoes and Savino combining to score the next five goals in the final 25 minutes of regulation. Freshman forward Roger Ciszewski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) recorded an assist on Savino's first goal of the night in the 69th minute, while freshman defender Connor Gorny (Schererville, Ind./Andrean) posted an assist on Simoes' second score in the 82nd minute of action. SXU finished the night with 19 total shots compared to 12 by CCSJ.
Saint Xavier (8-3-0 overall/4-0-0 CCAC) takes on Judson University (Ill.) on Saturday, October 6. The game begins at 2 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field.