Freshman Ricardo Aldape scores his first collegiate goal in tough 2-1 double OT loss to Cornerstone
Freshman Ricardo Aldape scores his first collegiate goal in tough 2-1 double OT loss to Cornerstone
Saint Xavier
Cornerstone University
Men's Soccer - Wed, Sep. 17, 2014

Grand Rapids, Mich. - After both teams scored a goal in the game's opening 15 minutes, the  two defenses stepped up and Cornerstone University (Mich.) finally broke the 1-1 tie in the 103rd minute of play to capture a double-overtime victory over visiting Saint Xavier University (Ill.) in NAIA men's soccer action Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich.  Freshman midfielder Ricardo Aldape (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom Township) recorded the goal for the Cougars using a bicycle kick to drive home the game-tying score off a nicely placed assist off a corner kick by senior midfielder Brandon Simoes (Brampton, Ontario/Olivet Nazarene/St. Edmund Campion) in the 15th minute.  The tough road loss drops SXU to 2-4-0 on the season. 

The Golden Eagles claimed the first goal of the night less than seven minutes into the contest when senior defender Chris Buitenhuis redirected a corner kick off the foot of senior midfielder Tristen Espirit into the lower right corner of the net.  Aldape tied the game just over eight minutes later with his bicycle kick goal, and the two teams went into the locker room at halftime with the score knotted at 1-1.  The score stayed that way through the second half and the first 10-minute overtime period.
The Cougars had a chance at a game-winning goal in the final minute of the first OT period, but a shot by junior forward Marco Gutierriez (Stone Park, Ill./St. Joseph) was stopped by CU sophomore keeper Nick Hopkins.  Just over two minutes into the second extra period, freshman midfielder Caleb Colp secured the game-winning goal following an assist to the left side of the goal by sophomore midfielder Garrett Nimmo.  Senior keeper AJ Pfatschbacher (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) played the entire game in goal for SXU and finished with one save.  The Cougars had seven total shots with four on goal, while the Golden Eagles had 10 shots, three on goal.
Saint Xavier (2-4-0 overall) returns home to host Marygrove College (Mich.) on Friday, September 19, at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.  The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.