Milwaukee, Wis. – A goal by junior defender Rene Leon (Cicero, Ill./Morton College/Morton West) in the 71st minute of regulation proved to be crucial as the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team tied Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) leader Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), 1-1, after two overtimes Tuesday night at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee, Wis. The tie gives the Wolves a slight lead in the conference standings at 6-1-2 (20 points) in CCAC play this season, while the Cougars are right behind at 6-2-1 (19 points). Olivet Nazarene is also among the conference leaders at 6-2-0 (18 points). SXU has two more regular season conference games to play against Roosevelt University (Ill.) and Robert Morris University (Ill.), respectively.
After a scoreless first half, Cardinal Stritch got on the scoreboard first when sophomore midfielder Ignacio Baeza found the back of the net on an unassisted shot in the 61st minute of play. Just over 10 minutes later, Leon tied things up when he took advantage of a rebounded ball off a save attempt by CSU junior keeper Jim Jones and punched in the equalizer. The defense stiffened for both teams over the remaining 20 minutes of regulation as well as the two 10-minute overtime periods. Both teams had two shots on goal in the second overtime period with Jones and SXU senior keeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) both making key saves down the stretch to keep the game knotted at 1-1. Held finished Tuesday's game with six saves.
Saint Xavier (6-7-1 overall/6-2-1 CCAC) takes a break from its conference slate to take on Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Wednesday, October 30. The road game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Stuart Field in Chicago.