CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University’s Luis Medina scored on a breakaway goal with just over 13 minutes remaining, lifting the 25th-ranked Cougars to a 1-0 win over No. 4 ranked Rio Grande, Friday night, in the men’s soccer season opener for both schools at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field.
St. Xavier, which reached the round of 16 in the NAIA National Tournament last fall, managed just six shots in the contest - only two of which were on goal - but Medina’s was the only one which found the back of the net. His shot, which came off of a crossing pass from teammate Kyle Breitenbach, snuck past Rio senior net-minder Jack Marchant at 76:55.
The RedStorm had nine shots on goal and 24 shots overall, but could not score on the Cougars’ junior keeper Kyle Held, who posted his eighth career shutout.
Rio Grande got off six shots in the final 11 minutes of the match, including one by senior forward Rafael Maccauro with 8:10 left to play, which ricocheted off the post.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande. For more information on URG athletics, visit the web at www.rioredstorm.com