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Men's Soccer - Fri, Sep. 2, 2011

(Alma, MI) The men's soccer team traveled to Alma Michigan yesterday where it played host Alma College, and they were greeted with a 3-0 defeat and their 2nd in a row.

The scoring started in the 13th minute as a mishap on a throw-in led to a breakaway for Cameron Alman.  It was would be his first of the day, and he would continue to trouble the Saints for the entire game. 
 
The second goal came just six minutes later on another unassisted goal by Dirk Roskam.  He received the ball on a turnover in the midfield and dribbled to the right flank and buried a shot in the far upper corner.
 
"I was highly surprised as how our boys came out to play today, because to be honest they didn't come out to play today.  We still have a way to go on instilling our culture and the way we do things with our boys.  A lot of the old habits that were exhibited and accepted in the past are still taking time to get out of them on a day to day basis," said Head Coach Rhett Zych.
 
Even though the Saints had not played very well in the first half they were only down 2-0.  That changed in the 54th minute as Alman struck again from the top of the box to put the Saints down 3-0. 
 
The Saints would have a chance to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the 61st minute but Garbhan Grant's (Letterkenng, Ireland) shot would be saved by Alma's goalkeeper Graham Wallace.  The Saints would muster a few more solid chances and a couple of missed breakaways by Luis Delgado (Lexington, Kentucky) and Khiry-Jerrell Hollowell would proved costly down the stretch for the Saints.
 
Junior Robert Campos (La Ceiba, Honduras) would play admirably with 4 saves in the net as he was taking the place of Senior starter Damian Marciniak who had to sit out with a red card suspension. 
 
"This is a work in progress.  We truly believe that we have a quality team.  We as a coaching staff will continue to push our message and our habits on the players and in time they will learn to respond to what we are saying.  We have to get back to some fundamental things before our next game, but I am confident that we will bounce back from this," said Zych.
 
The Saints look to bounce back next week as they host Concordia University on September 7th at 4:00 p.m.