Sports Information Director
East Chicago, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team hit the road for the first time in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on Wednesday evening for a matchup with the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph. After falling behind early in the match, the Saints would rally to tie the game at 1 at the half. It was a late goal, with seven minutes left, that would propel the Crimson Wave to a 2-1 victory over the Saints. The Saints fall to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the CCAC.
The Saint started out the game with great energy in the first five minutes while generating some quality looks at the net. They picked up two corner kicks and saw shot from leading goal scorer Mayte Carillo Benavides (Chicago, Ill.) go just wide of the net.
Calumet responded rather quickly, however, in the seventh minute with the first goal of the game.
Trailing 1-0 despite the strong start offensively, the Saints knew that they could get back into the game.
A strong sequence of ball movement was capped off by Mayte Carillo Benavides after junior captain Sally Allgeier (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led a great ball through the defender to tie the game at 1-1.
Senior goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) made two big saves late in the first half to keep the game tied at 1-1 at the break.
The second half was just as competitive and intense as the first half, with both teams generating a number of offensive chances.
The Saints saw their best scoring chance in the 77th minute when Mayte Carillo Benavides hit a shot just wide of the net.
It was in the 84th minute when the Crimson Wave netted what would become the game-winning goal off a corner kick. The ball was placed in traffic in front of the net and just crossed the line after a shot from Mallory Defries to put the Crimson Wave up 2-1.
The Saints were unable to generate a shot in the final six minutes and dropped the match to the Crimson Wave, their fourth consecutive.
Holy Cross will continue CCAC road action on Saturday, October 5 with a meeting against the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. EST.