Sports Information Director
East Chicago, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team hit the road for the first time in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Wednesday night with a match against the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph. Early mistakes found the Saints trailing 2-0 just 11 minutes into the game. Despite a red card by the starting goalkeeper for the Crimson Wave at the end of the first half, the Saints were unable to find the back of the net. Calumet added two more goals in the second half to defeat the Saints 4-0, and give them their first blemish in conference play. The Saints fall to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCAC.
"I thought we played a great match and controlled the game even though the score may not show it," stated head coach Omar Gallo. "Our big issue was that we were not mentally focused. Too many mistakes early put us in a tough spot, but I thought the guys continued to play hard until the final whistle."
The Saints started out Wednesday night's match looking impressive with their ball control. They were making clean passes and looked to generate some scoring opportunities.
Despite the positive opening minutes, the Crimson Wave won a 50-50 ball in the air, leading to a breakaway, and netted the first goal of the match in the ninth minute. Two minutes later, the Crimson Wave buried their second goal of the half to extend their lead to 2-0.
Trailing 2-0 just 11 minutes into the game, the Saints needed to battle from within to get back into the game.
They received their first break of the evening when the starting goalkeeper for the Crimson Wave was ejected at the end of the half with a red card, leaving them a man down for the remainder of the game. Unfortunately for the Saints, however, things would not get any easier in the second half.
A foul inside the box by the Saints gave Calumet a penalty kick in the 64th minute which they scored on to extend their lead to 3-0.
The Crimson Wave scored one final goal in the 89th minute to put the game well out of reach and give the Saints their first loss in conference play this season.
"We need to learn to better control our emotions," Gallo said regarding the eight cautions. "We absolutely hate this loss but will accept it. There's still plenty of soccer left to be played this season, and we're still in good position to make a run at our goals."
The Saints (6-3, 2-1) will resume action on Saturday, October 5 against Cardinal Stritch University. The game is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. EST.