SXU sports summary

Men’s soccer team nets first win

 Six matches into the 2013 soccer season, St. Xavier University’s men finally got to experience the thrill of victory.
  And the Cougars did so because of something different: the scoring of multiple goals.
  SXU had managed to tally just twice prior to last Tuesday night’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference encounter with the University of St. Francis and was shut out three times during that five-match span. Magnifying the paucity of potency was foes’ piling up of 19 goals.
  But the roles got reversed this time, with the Cougars doing all the offensive damage in a 3-0 outcome at Bruce R. Deaton Field. Freshman defender Erik Diaz booted in two of SXU’s three markers, while sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez accounted for the other.

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Another ace recorded by local golfer

  The recent spate of holes-in-one recorded at Silver Lake Country Club continued last Tuesday, when Orland Park resident Jonathan Twitty sank one while playing a round on the North course.
  Twitty used a 9-iron to hit his shot on the 148-yard 12th hole. His ace was witnessed by playing partners Steve Gorney and Rich Spatz, both of Park Ridge.
  “I couldn’t believe it,” Twitty said of his feat. “It was surreal.”

Lost, but then found

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Last-second score lifts Mustangs over Titans 

 File this one in the lost-and-found category.

  What was nearly lost Friday night in Tinley Park was a game visiting Evergreen Park appeared to have firmly in hand midway through the fourth quarter. But a 21-7 lead disappeared in the span of five minutes, courtesy of two Titans touchdowns and a safety.
  Found by the Mustangs in the final 1:08, however, was their footing. With their perfect record on the verge of being sullied, Evergreen athletes dug deep one last time and made another march downfield that took them all the way to Tinley’s 5-yard line.
  Just enough seconds remained for Mustangs kicker Matt Schulte to then boot a 22-yard field goal and lift his team to an unexpectedly stressful 24-22 triumph in a South Suburban Conference crossover game.

Taking a fresh(man) approach

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Cougars’ kids play pivotal roles in win over Eagles

 This winning is kid stuff.

No one within the St. Xavier University football program actually takes success for granted, but most of the Cougars’ achievements over the past decade have been realized through the efforts of seasoned performers. Rarely during that span has SXU had to rely heavily on contributions from younger athletes.

  That’s not the case in 2013, however, especially on the offensive side, where nine redshirt or true freshmen have already logged significant playing time. Understandably, that’s resulted in a few hiccups — against NCAA Division II power University of Indianapolis, for example, the Cougars were guilty of five turnovers.
  And even in Saturday night’s Mid-States Football Association crossover game with Robert Morris University, SXU’s offense was less than dynamic through the opening half. The Cougars carried a 17-10 lead with them into intermission, but they needed a trick play to grab that advantage just before the break.
  In addition, a fumble deep in SXU territory had given the Eagles their touchdown.
  “They’re getting an opportunity [to play] earlier than they would have in other years,” Cougars coach Mike Feminis said of his younger guys, “and we know there’s going to be mistakes made. But we’re not using their age as an excuse.

An A-plus for the ‘D’

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs stay perfect by shutting down Astros

  Score an A-plus for Richards’ “D” Friday night in Palos Heights.
  While the Bulldogs’ offense wasn’t bad, either, Richards coach Tony Sheehan saw enough flaws to resist giving it a similarly high grade. The same thing couldn’t be said of the visitors’ prevention corps, which completely hamstrung host Shepard.
  Already struggling to develop a consistent attack before meeting up with their District 218 and South Suburban Conference Red rival, the Astros found no answers opposite the Bulldogs, who not only pitched a shutout but also held Shepard to less than 70 total yards.
  “Offensively, it’s a tough deal,” said Astros coach Dominic Passolano, whose squad got tagged with a 29-0 setback. “We started to get some drives going, but their linebackers are fast. We’d get to the outside and they’d run us down.”