(South Bend, IN) The Saints took to the pitch Saturday afternoon against Calumet College of St. Joseph in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play.
Hosting their first ever conference competition the Saints were looking to end their current six game losing streak. The Saints came out pressuring the Crimson Wave defense, but were unable to convert on early opportunities. Just one minute after being subbed into the game Jamie Genis fed a terrific ball to Dan Hatfield who put the Saints up 1 - 0 in the 40th minute.
The Crimson Wave put the pressure on in the second half, but the Saints defense did not break. Hatfield's goal proved to be all that was needed as the Saints earned their first ever conference victory. "What a great day for our program, both the men and women won their first conference matches and there were quite a few brave souls in the stands throughout both games," said Head Coach Dustan Harley. "If you were there today thanks for braving the elements and sharing the history making day with us."
Despite being outshot in the game 13 - 7, goalkeeper Damian Marciniak held strong with six saves including a game saver in the 86th minute off a free kick taken by Miguel Vega just outside of the 18 yard box.
The Saints continue their conference schedule on Tuesday, hosting Olivet Nazarene University. Olivet is 7-4 overall, and 2-1 in the CCAC.