Women's Soccer - Mon, Sep. 3, 2007
Pulaski, Tenn. - Highlighted by a goal and an assist by senior midfielder Aleks Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Bryan), the No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University women's soccer team was the only team out of four at the Martin Methodist College Classic to finish with a 2-0 record. On Saturday, the Cougars defeated No. 11 Auburn University-Montgomery (Ala.), 2-1, by scoring two goals in the final 25 minutes of regulation and then went on to beat Louisiana State University-Shreveport (La.), 1-0, in Sunday action in Pulaski, Tenn. Host Martin Methodist, the No. 2 ranked team in the NAIA, finished the tourney with a 1-1 record after being upset Sunday by Auburn-Montgomery, 1-0.
In Saturday's win over Auburn-Montgomery, Saint Xavier faced a 1-0 deficit when AUM scored the game's first goal in the 63rd minute of play. However, junior midfielder Britney Kendzora (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) answered the call just over four minutes later with a perfectly placed, unassisted shot from 30 yards out that sailed over the goalkeeper's head to tie the game, 1-1. Freshman forward Kelly Steinhaus (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) went on to record the game-winning goal for SXU around the 80th minute of regulation when she found the back of the net off assists from senior forward Lissa Coby (Ingleside, Ill./Grant Community) and Sudar, respectively. Sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./Stagg) finished the game with six saves for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier needed just one goal to pick up the victory in Sunday's game over Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Sudar notched the game-winner when she sent a header past the opposing goalkeeper in the 67th minute. A well-placed assist to the far post by Wagner set up the play. Wagner also tallied five saves in the game as SXU's starting goalkeeper and picked up her second shutout of the season.
Saint Xavier (3-0 overall) continues its season next weekend as participants in the St. Ambrose University (Iowa) Classic in Muscatine, Iowa. The Cougars open the Classic with a 2 p.m. game against Grand View College on Saturday, September 8, and then wrap up play on Sunday with a 2 p.m. game against host St. Ambrose.