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Men's Soccer - Tue, Nov. 5, 2013
 

Chicago, IL – Illinois Tech defeated the highly-touted and CCAC Regular Season Champion Cardinal Stritch Wolves 2-1 in a dramatic overtime win at Stuart Field on Tuesday Night. Brandon Ramirez's extra time strike stunned the visiting Milwaukee side and ended a 5-game slide for the Hawks.

Earlier in the night, Robert Rixer gave the Hawks an early lead before Tylor Bacher equalized for Stritch. The game was IIT's last ever against CCAC opposition (IIT is transitioning to NCAA Division III) and was a fitting sendoff given the team's strength over the past decade.

The game started under windy Chicago conditions as both teams looked to settle in early. Sam Smith had the best of the opening exchanges but his well-directed shot from 12 yards was not enough to beat Wolves keeper Jim Jones. In the 14th minute, Senior Robert Rixer opened the scoring for the Hawks with a volley from the edge of the 18-yard box. Following a free kick, the ball rebounded to Rixer who took a touch and sent the ball into the top corner of the net.

Taken aback by the goal, Stritch pressed forward creating opportunities but unable to break through a stingy Hawks defense. IIT goalkeeper EJ Yang came up with a string of excellent saves throughout the first half but also had some fortune with two shots rebounding off the woodwork. The Hawks were unlucky not to double their lead just before the break when Bart Grabowski got in behind the Wolves backline. However Grabowski was unable to put his shot in.

The second half began with more luster as both teams pressed forward. It was Stritch however who struck back through Tylor Bacher. A deep corner was knocked back to Bacher who smashed home past IIT's Yang to restore parity for the visitors. Both teams traded chances for the duration of the second half and it was very nearly a heartbreaker for the Hawks had it not been for a sharp save by Yang to deny the Wolves with 12 seconds left.

The game then went into overtime, the 6th of the season for the Hawks who held a 1-1-3 overtime record on the season. However it took only 3 minutes for IIT to find the winner through Brandon Ramirez. The forward from Estado de Mexico, Mexico picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty box before dribbling past a Wolves defender and gliding the ball into the far corner from a near impossible angle. The stunner from Ramirez was his 4th goal of the season and gave Stritch their first defeat in 9 games.

The Tech men look to finish the season on a strong note as they host Nebraska Wesleyan this Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Provisional Independent Tournament Championship. 

 
 
 
Scoreboard
Thursday, May 15
Men's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Gregory Invitational (@ North Central College)
results
Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Gregory Invitational (@ North Central College)
results
Friday, May 9
Men's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Dr. Keeler Invite (@ North Central College)
results
Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Dr. Keeler Invite (@ North Central College)
results
Saturday, May 3
Baseball
Maranatha Baptist Bible College at 7
IIT 19
@ US Cellular Field Home of the Chicago White Sox
stats - recap
Friday, May 2
Baseball
Maranatha Baptist Bible College at 1
IIT 11
Donation Night for the St. James Food Pantry
stats - recap
Wednesday, Apr 30
Baseball
Calvin College at (8) 10
IIT 5
stats - recap
Calvin College at 13
IIT 0
stats - recap
Sunday, Apr 27
Baseball
IIT at (8) 4
Purdue University Calumet 5
stats - recap
IIT at 0
Purdue University Calumet 6
stats - recap
Saturday, Apr 26
Baseball
IIT at 4
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 2
stats - recap
IIT at 5
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 0
stats - recap
Friday, Apr 25
Men's T & F
IIT at 9th of 16
Twilight Invitational (@ Benedictine University)
results - recap
Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Twilight Invitational (@ Benedictine University)
results - recap
Monday, Apr 21
Baseball
Purdue University-North Central at 12
IIT 2
stats - recap
Purdue University-North Central at (5) 8
IIT 8
Game was stopped after completion of 5th due to weather.
stats - recap
Saturday, Apr 19
Women's Lacrosse
University of Dubuque at 20
IIT 5
stats
Friday, Apr 18
Baseball
Finlandia University at 6
IIT 12
stats - recap
Finlandia University at 0
IIT 12
stats - recap
Thursday, Apr 17
Baseball
Lakeland College at 1
IIT 10
stats - recap
Saturday, Aug 23
Women's Soccer
Benedictine University at 6:00pm
IIT CST
Sunday, Aug 24
Men's Soccer
Concordia Illinois at 1:00pm
IIT CST
Friday, Aug 29
Men's Cross Country
IIT at 5:00pm
Elmhurst Invite
Women's Cross Country
IIT at 5:00pm
Elmhurst Invite
Saturday, Aug 30
Men's Soccer
IIT vs 3:00pm
Waynesburg College CST
Defiance Tournament in Defiance, OH
Women's Soccer
IIT at 2:00pm
College of Staten Island CST
College of Staten Island Fall Classic (NY)
Sunday, Aug 31
Women's Soccer
IIT vs 2:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice CST
College of Staten Island Fall Classic (NY)
Monday, Sep 1
Men's Soccer
IIT at 11:00am
Defiance College CST
Defiance Tournament in Defiance, OH
Wednesday, Sep 3
Volleyball
Alverno College at 7:00pm
IIT CST
Friday, Sep 5
Men's Soccer
Andrews University at 3:00pm
IIT CST
Women's Soccer
Albion College at 8:00pm
IIT CST
Saturday, Sep 6
Volleyball
IIT vs  
TBA  
Rose-Hulman Invite
Sunday, Sep 7
Men's Soccer
Finlandia University at 3:30pm
IIT CST
Women's Soccer
St. Mary's at 1:00pm
IIT CST
Volleyball
IIT vs  
TBA  
Rose-Hulman Invite
Wednesday, Sep 10
Men's Soccer
IIT at 7:00pm
Wisconsin Lutheran College CST
Friday, Sep 12
Women's Soccer
Dominican University at 7:00pm
IIT CST
Volleyball
IIT at 2:00pm
Alverno College CST
IIT at 3:45pm
Northland College CST
Saturday, Sep 13
Men's Cross Country
IIT at 11:00am
Concordia University Wisconsin