Sophomore Ricardo Aldape scored SXU's lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Cornerstone in the home opener Saturday
Sophomore Ricardo Aldape scored SXU's lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Cornerstone in the home opener Saturday
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Men's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 5, 2015

CHICAGO – A goal by sophomore midfielder Ricardo Aldape (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom Township) on a free kick in the 77th minute of action proved to be the difference maker as the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team earned its first victory of the season (1-2-0 overall) with a 1-0 win over Cornerstone University (Mich.) Saturday afternoon at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.  Aldape's free kick came from about 35 yards out and sailed past the outstretched hands of CU junior keeper Nick Hopkins into the right side of the net.  SXU sophomore keeper Frank Valle (McHenry, Ill./McHenry Community) recorded the shutout, his first of the young season, behind four saves.  

The Cougars finished Saturday's game with 11 total shots, including five on goal.  Aldape led the team with two shots on goal, while senior forward Roger Ciszewski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) and freshman forwards Orlando Tapia (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) and Mike McLaughlin (Palos Hills, Ill./St. Laurence) each had one apiece.  The Golden Eagles tallied 10 total shots with four on goal.  Cornerstone had a chance to score the game's first goal in the 69th minute, but sophomore forward Caleb Colp's shot hit the left post and the SXU defense cleared it out to help secure the shutout.             

Saint Xavier (1-2-0 overall) continues play at home on Wednesday, September 9, with a non-conference game against Goshen College (Ind.).  The NAIA match-up is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Deaton Field.