Men's Soccer - Sun, Oct. 21, 2007
CHICAGO - Despite goals by freshman midfielder Ernad Dzananovic (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) and sophomore forward Zach Kekelik (Merrillville, Ind./Crown Point), the Saint Xavier University men's soccer team fell to University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS), 3-2, Sunday in non-conference action at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (7-10 overall/6-3 CCAC) have wrapped up their regular season slate and now await their seed in this week's 2007 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, October 24.
UIS got the game's first goal when senior defender Daniel Eck scored off an assist by junior forward Jakub Piotrowski in the 17th minute. SXU tied the game, 1-1, in the 28th minute when Dzananovic found the back of the net off a pass from junior midfielder Agustin Herrera (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom). The score stayed tied for the remainder of the first half and lasted until the 59th minute when University of Illinois-Springfield struck again with Piotrowski netting a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Abdulhaki Korbajrami.
However, the Cougars were not to be outdone and less than a minute later tied the game again, 2-2, when Kekelik found a hole in the UIS defense and scored off a pass from freshman midfielder Arturo Macias (Posen, Ill./Bremen). Unfortunately for SXU, the Prairie Stars were able to score the game-winner in the 63rd minute when Piotrowski posted his second goal of the game from sophomore defender Phillip Mitchell. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished with eight saves for the Cougars. UIS out-shot SXU, 14-12, in the game, including an 11-6 shots on goal advantage.
Saint Xavier (7-10 overall/6-3 CCAC) awaits its seed in this week's CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, October 24. Based on their conference record, the Cougars will take either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed into the tourney. Match-ups and seeds will be determined Monday, October 22.