CHICAGO – A goal by senior forward Brooke Polus less than two minutes into double overtime gave University of St. Francis (Ill.) a 1-0 victory over Saint Xavier University in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) women's soccer opener for both teams Wednesday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The late goal put a damper on a very solid defensive effort by the Cougars, especially freshman keeper Alex Perry (St. Louis, Mo./Perry) with eight saves on the night. With the loss, SXU falls to 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. USF improves to 6-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the CCAC.
Saint Xavier had its chances with six total shots on goal, including two apiece by junior midfielder Monica Chavolla (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom Township) and freshman midfielder Christina Sperando (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley). The Cougars finished the game with 11 total shots compared to 20 by the Fighting Saints. The game-winning goal came on a shot from nearly 25 yards deep that found the lower left corner of the net and was set up off an assist by senior midfielder Kaley Marcinak.
Saint Xavier (2-4-1 overall/0-1-0 CCAC) continues conference play on Sunday, September 29, with a road game against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a noon (eastern) start in South Bend, Ind.