CHICAGO – A penalty kick goal by junior midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) in the 76th minute of play was the highlight for the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team in a 2-1 loss to Goshen College (Ind.) Tuesday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The goal ended a scoring drought for SXU that had lasted over four complete games. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 0-5 overall this season, while the Maple Leafs improved to 1-5 on the year.
Goshen College took the early lead with a goal off a header by senior midfielder Jordan Berkey in the game's 20th minute. The score was set up by an assist off a free kick by sophomore midfielder Chris Vendrely. The Maple Leafs took the 1-0 advantage into halftime and added to their lead just over 10 minutes into the second half when freshman midfielder Josh Stoltzfus sent a shot into the lower right corner of the goal off a pass by junior midfielder Caleb Longenecker. Simoes made things interesting with his PK goal 20 minutes later to cut the deficit in half, but the Cougars could not find the back of the net in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Junior keeper AJ Pfatschbacher (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) got the start in goal for SXU and finished the night with five saves. The Cougars posted 13 total shots with eight on goal led by two shots on goal apiece from sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez (Stone Park, Ill./St. Joseph) and freshman midfielder Edgar Ruiz (Chicago, Ill./Kennedy).
Saint Xavier (0-5 overall) continues its home stand on Wednesday, September 18, with a game against Cornerstone University (Mich.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Deaton Field.