CHICAGO – A pair of goals by senior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso Univ./Valparaiso HS) spurred No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier University to a 4-1 victory over No. 7 seed Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in first round action of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament Saturday evening at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field. With the win, the Cougars improve to 13-5-1 overall on the season and advance to host No. 3 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Wednesday, November 7. SXU led 2-1 at the half, but got two more goals from Breitenbach and freshman forward Marco Gutierrez (Stone Park, Ill./St. Joseph), respectively, in the second half to seal the win.
Junior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) helped lead a stingy defensive effort by the Cougars limiting the visiting Scarlet Hawks to just two shots on goal in the game. He finished with one save on the night. Breitenbach got the scoring started when he took a cross from junior defender Dale Judickas (Hickory Hills, Ill./South Suburban CC/Stagg) and finished it off in front of the net in the 21st minute. In the 34th minute, Judickas got another assist when he found sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) in front of the goal for another close shot and score. A free kick goal by IIT senior forward Liam Barrett in the 43rd minute made the score, 2-1, in favor of the Cougars at halftime. Breitenbach and Gutierrez both scored on headers in the second half to secure the win. Breitenbach's score came in the 75th minute and Gutierrez notched his in the 79th minute off an assist by sophomore midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan).
Saint Xavier (13-5-1 overall) hosts No. 3 seed Olivet Nazarene on Wednesday, November 7, for a CCAC Tournament semifinals match-up. Start time for the game has yet to be determined.