CHICAGO – The Saint Xavier University men's soccer team got good news from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Saturday night when five of its players earned spots on the 2012 All-CCAC Men's Soccer Team. Senior defender Sam Vanaria (Chicago, Ill./Adelphi/UW-Parkside/Sandburg), junior goalkeeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) and sophomore midfielder Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) all received first team selections. Senior midfielder Kyle Breitenbach (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso University/Valparaiso) and junior defender Dale Judickas (Hickory Hills, Ill./South Suburban CC/Stagg) both received honorable mentions to the All-CCAC team. The all-conference team was announced in conjunction with Saturday's CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Championship.
Held finished the season with seven shutouts as well as a record of 11-4-1 for Saint Xavier in 16 games played. Vanaria finished up his senior season contributing one goal, one assist and three points for the Cougars. Medina was fourth on the team in goals scored with five, tied for the team lead in assists with seven and also third in total points with 17. Judickas started all 20 games for SXU contributing three assists. Breitenbach led the team in goals with eight, while also contributing three assists and picking up 19 points good for second on the team.
Saint Xavier (13-6-1 overall/8-2-1 CCAC) has been eliminated from the conference tournament following a 3-1 loss to Olivet Nazarene on Wednesday, November 7, in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference semi-final game. With Olivet Nazarene knocking off No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in penalty kicks in Saturday's tournament championship, the Cougars had their hopes for a third straight national tournament appearance dashed.