Milwaukee, Wis. - In a battle for first place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings, the No. 24 ranked Saint Xavier University men's soccer team dropped a tough one Wednesday evening falling 2-0 to Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at Time Warner Cable Stadium in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wolves got both of their goals in the first 34 minutes of action and stayed tough on the defensive side keeping the Cougars off the scoreboard despite SXU's 10 shot attempts, including six on goal. With the loss, Saint Xavier falls to 9-4-0 overall and 5-1-0 in conference play, while Cardinal Stritch improves to 8-3-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the CCAC.
The Wolves kicked off the game's scoring in the 24th minute when junior forward Billy Vranek posted his first goal of the season on an unassisted shot. Less than 10 minutes later, CSU junior midfielder Shay Douglas put the home team ahead, 2-0, when he took a pass from freshman forward Peter Bannister and found the back of the net on the resulting shot. Senior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso University/Valparaiso) led the Cougar offensive attack Wednesday finishing the game with three shots, all on goal. Junior goalkeeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) recorded four saves on the night for SXU.
Saint Xavier (9-4-0 overall/5-1-0 CCAC) returns home to host another key CCAC match-up against Holy Cross College (Ind.) on Saturday, October 13. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Saints come into Saturday's game in third place in the conference standings at 7-4-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the CCAC.