(Whiting, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team continued Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play Tuesday evening with a road match against the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph. Despite the 3-1 defeat, the Saints will finish the season in the top 7 and compete in the CCAC conference tournament for the 1st time in the programs history.
The Crimson Wave got off to 1-0 1st half lead on the Saints in the 32nd minute of action and never looked back.
After 3 unanswered goals, the Saints finally answered back with a goal from junior Captain Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) just before the 90th minute.
The Saints finished the match with 10 shots (5 on goal) while the Crimson Wave managed 19 (9 on goal).
Goalkeeper Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.) finished the game allowing all 3 goals against, and recording 6 saves.
"As a coach, you're never happy with a loss," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "I'm glad it happened today and not in the tournament. We weren't as sharp as we have been, and good teams will punish us like they did today. It's definitely a learning experience for our young team and one I think they needed."
While the loss was not what the Saints were looking for, they were helped out around league play and managed to clinch their 1st ever playoff bid.
"I'm really proud of the determination the guys have shown all year," continued coach Gallo. "Having a team with 10 freshmen and making the playoffs is a great feeling. It's time for us to focus on our final game of the season against Judson and get back on the winning end. I'm looking forward to the challenges we have in front of us and seeing just how far these kids can go."
The loss drops the Saints to 8-6-2 (5-3-2 CCAC) on the season. They will finish off the 2012 regular season at home on Saturday, October 27th against the Judson Eagles. Kick-off is set for 4:00pm EST.
Saturday's match will honor the two senior Saints on the 2012 team: Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.) and Briant Estrella (Ameca Jalisco, Mexico).