CHICAGO – Goals by sophomore midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and sophomore forward Lorenzo Savino (Palatine, Ill./Harper Junior College/Fremd) proved to be enough offense for the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team in a 2-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Wednesday night at Stuart Field in Chicago. The Cougars (10-4-1 overall) got a goal in each half and scored the first two goals of the game before the Scarlet Hawks got on the board with their lone goal in the 79th minute. The win was key to keeping SXU in a tie for first place with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at the top of the CCAC standings at 6-1-1.
Sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) provided the assist on the Medina goal that came in the 35th minute of play to give Saint Xavier a 1-0 advantage. Savino put the Cougars ahead 2-0 in the 73rd minute on his score set up by a Medina assist. A free kick goal by IIT senior forward Liam Barrett six minutes later made for a furious final 10 minutes of regulation, but the SXU defense held firm to secure the 2-1 victory. Junior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) finished the game with seven saves for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (10-4-1 overall/6-1-1 CCAC) takes on conference foe Roosevelt University (Ill.) for its next match-up on Saturday, October 20. The road game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.