Men's Soccer - Sun, Sep. 16, 2007
CHICAGO - A penalty kick by junior forward Lyall Menzies with less than three minutes remaining in regulation (87th minute) broke a 3-3 tie and gave visiting Grand View College (Iowa) a 4-3 victory over Saint Xavier University in non-conference men's soccer action Sunday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (1-4 overall) led 1-0 at halftime, but gave up four goals in the second half, including two off penalty kicks, to drop the game.
Senior forward Sinisa Vidakovic (Loves Park, Ill./Rockford College) got SXU on the scoreboard first when he was able to capitalize on a rebounded save in the 14th minute to put his team ahead, 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Melchor Castro (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) recorded the assist on the goal. Grand View struck early in the second half (48th minute) when senior forward Ernad Jaskic found the back of the net off an assist from freshman midfielder Augustine Faiz. The Vikings took their first lead, 2-1, in the 63rd minute when Saint Xavier was called for a hand ball in the goalie box and Menzies punched in the ensuing penalty kick.
The Cougars caught a break when Grand View misplayed the ball near the goal and it got past the goalkeeper for a SXU goal with just under 25 minutes left to play in regulation. However, sophomore midfielder Chris Scott broke a 2-2 tie in the 70th minute with an unassisted goal to give GVC back the lead, 3-2. The Cougars struck again late and, with 4:31 remaining in the game, freshman midfielder Ernad Dzananovic (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) found a hole in the Viking defense and tied the game, 3-3. Unfortunately for the Cougars, another hand ball penalty was called in the box in the closing minutes and Menzies was able to score the game-winning goal on the resulting penalty kick. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished with six saves in goal for SXU.
Saint Xavier (1-4 overall) opens its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate on Wednesday, September 19, against No. 12 ranked Judson College (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start in Elgin, Ill.