Sat, Oct. 27, 2007 - [Men's Soccer]
Deerfield, Ill. - A penalty kick goal by senior midfielder Matt Prunckle (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) in the 66th minute of play was enough offense to lift the No. 3 seeded Saint Xavier University men's soccer team to a 1-0 road win over No. 2 seed Trinity International University (Ill.) in semifinals action of the 2007 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Tournament in Deerfield, Ill. With the victory, the Cougars (9-10 overall) advance to play No. 1 seed Judson University (Ill.) in Tuesday's CCAC Tournament championship game in Elgin, Ill. Game time for the championship game has yet to be determined.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) played sensational in goal for SXU recording six saves and his fifth shutout. Trinity International out-shot the Cougars, 8-7, and had a 6-4 advantage on shots on goal. SXU played Judson University tight in its last meeting back on September 19 falling 1-0 in overtime.
Saint Xavier (9-10 overall/6-3 CCAC) will make its first trip to the CCAC Tournament championship game since 2003. The game will take place in Elgin, Ill., on Tuesday, October 30, when the Cougars face the No. 1 seed Judson University (Ill.). The winner will earn an automatic berth in the 2007 NAIA Region VII Men's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Saturday, November 3.