Men's Soccer - Mon, Oct. 8, 2007
CHICAGO - Behind three goals in the second half, the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a thrilling 3-2 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Trinity International University (Ill.) Saturday in Deerfield, Ill. Senior midfielder Matt Prunckle (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) was able to score the game-winning goal on a penalty kick with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Cougars their fourth win in the last five games. SXU now sits at 5-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
The Trojans scored first on a penalty kick by senior midfielder Robert McColl in the game's 13th minute. Just over 12 minutes later, TIU struck again with a goal by junior forward Blake Etherton to take a 2-0 lead. Trailing 2-0 at the half, Saint Xavier regrouped and came out of the locker room ready for a rally. Freshman defender Don Serio (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the 58th minute off a corner kick assist from Prunckle. Less than a minute later, senior forward Alex Duncan (Orland Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC) tied the game, 2-2, when he tapped the ball into the right side of the goal off a cross from freshman defender Rob St. Clair (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsee Valley). Prunckle's penalty kick in the waning seconds wrapped up the game's scoring and gave SXU its second straight victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished the game with five saves.
Saint Xavier (5-6 overall/4-2 CCAC) returns home to host CCAC foe Robert Morris College (Ill.) on Tuesday, October 9, at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.