Bourbonnais, Ill. - A penalty kick goal by Olivet Nazarene University sophomore midfielder Paddy Hoepp with just one second remaining in the overtime period gave Saint Xavier University a tough 1-0 loss Saturday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's soccer action at Tiger Field in Bourbonnais, Ill. It was the regular season finale for both teams. Junior goalkeeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) played the entire time in goal for the Cougars and finished the night with four saves. With the loss, SXU finishes in second place in the final regular season CCAC standings at 8-2-1, while ONU takes third place with a 7-2-2 conference mark.
Sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) led Saint Xavier's offensive attack Saturday with two of the team's five shots on goal. The Cougars had their chances in the extra period taking two corner kicks and logging two shots on goal in the first six minutes of the frame. Each team finished the game with five shots on goal.
Saint Xavier (12-5-1 overall/8-2-1 CCAC) takes the No. 2 seed into next week's CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament. The Cougars will host either Judson University or Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Saturday, November 3, for a first-round match-up depending on how the conference tie-breaker rules seed both teams for the tourney.