Mon, Nov. 5, 2007 - [Men's Soccer]
Mount Pleasant, Iowa - Despite a first-half goal by senior forward Sinisa Vidakovic (Loves Park, Ill./Rockford College), the No. 4 seeded Saint Xavier University men's soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 2 seed Judson University (Ill.) in the semifinals of the 2007 NAIA Region VII Men's Soccer Tournament in cold, windy conditions Monday in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Cougars (10-12 overall) led 1-0 at the half, but Judson scored three unanswered goals late in the second half to claim the victory and advance to Tuesday's Region VII Championship.
Vidakovic scored SXU's lone goal in the 23rd minute of play off an assist from freshman defender Rob St. Clair (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsee Valley). The Cougars took their 1-0 lead into halftime and kept the lead until Judson junior defender Adauto Oliveira tied things up, 1-1, in the 74th minute on an unassisted goal. Oliveira struck again just eight minutes later to give his team a 2-1 advantage. The Eagles secured the victory in the 87th minute when senior midfielder Mark Howlett scored on a penalty kick attempt to put the game out of reach, 3-1.
Saint Xavier ends its season with a 10-12 overall record and finished tied for second place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings with a 6-3 mark. The Cougars also qualified for the CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament championship game for the first time since the 2003 season.