Fri, Sep. 14, 2007 - [Women's Soccer]
CHICAGO - Led by four second-half goals, the No. 5 Saint Xavier University women's soccer team used a big offensive surge to pull away from the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), 5-1, in non-conference action Friday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. Three of the four goals scored after halftime came within the first four minutes of the second half. Saint Francis (Ind.) got on the scoreboard first Friday when sophomore forward Sara Thieme scored on an unassisted breakaway in the game's 19th minute. However, SXU was not to be outdone and just 13 seconds later, senior midfielder Alana LoPresti (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) punched one though to tie the game, 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Jessica Martinez (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) provided the assist on LoPresti's game-tying goal.
With the score remaining tied at halftime, Saint Xavier came out of the locker room fired up and scored three quick goals in the first four minutes of the second half. In the 47th minute, senior midfielder Aleks Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Bryan) notched the first goal off an assist from senior forward Lissa Coby (Ingleside, Ill./Grant Community). Thirty seconds later, junior defender Britney Kendzora (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) found the back of the net off another assist from Coby to make the score, 3-1.
Coby then got in on the goal scoring action in the game's 48th minute off a pass from freshman forward Kelly Steinhaus (Lemont, Ill./Lemont). Coby tacked on another score in the 67th minute off assists from Sudar and Steinhaus, respectively, to make the score, 5-1. Sophomore Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois/Stagg) started at goalkeeper for the Cougars and finished with three saves. SXU out-shot USF, 13-4, and had 11 shots on goal in the game. Saint Xavier (7-0 overall/1-0 CCAC) gets back to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule next week with a road game against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Wednesday, September 19. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Palos Heights, Ill.