Men’s soccer team blanked in opener
A goal by sophomore Patricio Arce in the 18th minute told the tale as St. Xavier University men’s soccer team dropped its 2014 season opener, 1-0, to No. 7-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Friday night at Bruce R. Deaton Field.
The Cougars’ defense was solid as the Red Storm were limited to five shots on goal for the match. SXU freshman Frank Valle played well in his collegiate debut as he stopped three shots while manning the net in the second half. Senior AJ Pfatschbacher handled the first-half goalkeeping chores and was credited with one save.
The evening’s lone tally was set up by a cross from the left side by sophomore Jorge Andres Guinovart. Junior forward Marco Gutierrez led the Cougars’ offensive charge with three shots, including one on goal. Senior forward Lorenzo Savino registered SXU’s only other on-target shot.
The Cougars resume play on Wednesday when they host Aquinas (Mich.) College at 7 p.m.
Senior middle hitter Marie Hackert earned a spot on the all-tournament team as the Cougars split their first two matches of the season on Saturday at Grace College’s Wyndham Classic in Winona Lake, Ind.
SXU defeated Indiana University-Kokomo 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 before falling to a straight-set loss against the host Lancers by scores of 25-20, 25-8, 25-18. Hackert paced the Cougars in their triumph by putting down a team-best 10 kills to go along with four block assists.
Senior setter Kelli Shaffer dished out 26 assists, juniors Meghan Falsey and Heidi Gregerson each recorded four kills and three block assists, senior Jessica Galotta (Mother McAuley) totaled six kills and eight digs, and senior libero Dominique Aramburu (Mother McAuley) had 17 digs to further aid SXU’s cause. Complete stats for Saturday's second match against Grace College were not provided due to a computer malfunction.
The Cougars squared off against Clarke (Iowa) University in a road match this past Wednesday.