CHICAGO – Senior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso Univ./Valparaiso HS) scored the lone goal for No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier University in a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field. ONU had a dynamic duo in sophomore midfielder Todd Bevan and sophomore Robby Gunderson. Bevan scored the game's first two goals, while Gunderson scored the insurance goal late in the second half and assisted both of Bevan's goals. With the victory, ONU advances to Saturday's tournament championship and takes on No. 1 seed and regular season champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in Milwaukee.
The first goal of the evening came in the 10th minute of play when Gunderson found Bevan in front of the net for the score. The game stayed at 1-0 for the rest of the half, and just over 13 minutes into the second half, Gunderson connected with Bevan again in front of the net to give the visiting Tigers a 2-0 advantage. SXU cut the Olivet lead in half in the 77th minute when Breitenbach scored off a cross pass set up by sophomore midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion). ONU secured its victory when junior midfielder Michael Da Silva found Gunderson for a score from five yards away into the right side of the net in the 85th minute. SXU junior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) recorded five saves in the game. Olivet attempted 10 shots in the game with eight of them coming on-goal, while the host Cougars had 15 shots in the game and seven on-goal attempts.
Saint Xavier (13-6-1 overall/8-2-1 CCAC) has been eliminated from the conference tournament, but still has a chance to qualify for the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships due to its second-place finish in the conference regular season standings. The Cougars need No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) to defeat Olivet Nazarene in Saturday's tournament championship game to earn the conference's other automatic bid to the national tournament.