Men's Soccer - Fri, Oct. 19, 2007
Palos Heights, Ill. - Despite leading 2-0 at the half, the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team gave up two second-half goals to Trinity Christian College and the Trolls completed the late rally with a 3-2 overtime victory Friday night in Palos Heights, Ill. Senior midfielder Doug Andrews scored the game-winning goal for Trinity Christian unassisted with just 40 seconds remaining in the overtime period. With the loss, the Cougars (7-9 overall/6-3 CCAC) will now have to wait for Saturday's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action to conclude to see if they can hang on to second place in the final conference standings.
SXU took a 1-0 lead in the game's 16th minute when sophomore midfielder Melchor Castro (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) scored an unassisted goal. The Cougars extended its lead to two goals just six minutes later when sophomore forward Zach Kekelik (Merrillville, Ind./Crown Point) took an assist from junior midfielder Agustin Herrera (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom) for another score. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Trinity Christian came out firing in the second half cutting the SXU lead in half less than two minutes into the second frame on an unassisted goal by freshman midfielder Sergio Rodriguez.
Rodriguez struck again with an assist in the 76th minute when he sent a cross to junior forward Ryan Clemens for the game-tying goal. Both teams had opportunities to score in the overtime period, but in the end, Trinity Christian was able to come away with the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished with four saves for SXU. The win secures the Trolls the sixth and final seed in next week's CCAC Tournament, while the Cougars will need some help in Saturday's conference action to keep the No. 2 spot.
Saint Xavier (7-9 overall/6-3 CCAC) hosts its regular season finale on Sunday, October 21, against non-conference foe University of Illinois-Springfield. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.