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Holy Cross (3-7, 0-4 CCAC)
Match #11: Tuesday, Oct. 15--4:00 p.m.
vs.Robert Morris (7-2-1, 4-0 CCAC)
Ganger Field (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Match #12: Saturday, Oct. 19--12:00 p.m.
@ Roosevelt (4-7, 0-4 CCAC)
Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.)
This Week in Saints Soccer: The Saints return to action following a midseason layoff of ten days. They will begin the week with a home match against the Robert Morris University Eagles before heading to Chicago, Ill. on Saturday to square off with conference foe Roosevelt.
Following Live: You can find updates for all Saints home games by following along on Twitter. The Twitter handle is @hocrosaints.
Last Time Out: Despite going 0-2 on the week, the Saints saw significant improvements during their matches with Calumet St. Joseph and Cardinal Strtich. After falling behind to Calumet St. Joseph 1-0 early, Mayte Carillo Benavides netted the tying goal for the Saints to make it a 1-1 game at the half. The Crimson Wave scored the game-winner with seven minutes left in the game to defeat the Saints 2-1. On Saturday's meeting with Stritch, the Saints fell behind 2-0 in the first half but held the Wolves scoreless in the final 45 minutes. The losses, however, extended the Saints drought to five games.
Head Coach Geriann Druyos: The third head coach in the history of the women's soccer program, coach Druyos has already surpassed the 2012 win total ten games into 2013. Currently the Saints are off to a 3-7 start on the year.
Series Notes: Tuesday's meeting with Robert Morris will be the fifth all-time between the two programs. The two last squared off on Sep. 26, 2012 where the Saints fell to the Eagles 7-0. In the previous four games, the Eagles have outscored the Saints 36-1 and hold a 4-0 series advantage. Saturday's meeting with Roosevelt is just the second time the two have met, with the first meeting coming on Oct. 6, 2012. In that meeting, the Saints and Lakers played to a 0-0 draw after both teams failed to score through two overtimes. Aileen Clouse finished the game with seven saves.
Scouting Robert Morris: Winners in six straight, the Eagles are off to a perfect 4-0 record in CCAC play, placing them in a tie for second place with 12 points. In five road matches this season, they hold a perfect 5-0 record. Florence Dadson is off to a tremendous start for the Eagles through 10 games this season, leading the team in goals (19) and points (41). The significance of the numbers doesn't stop there, as Dadson ranks second in the NAIA in goals and fourth in total points. Ana Hernandez leads the way for the Eagles at the goalkeeper position, holding a 6-1-0 record through six starts including one shutout. She's allowed just 1.42 goals against on the year.
Scouting Roosevelt: Losers in their last three games, the Lakers are off to a similar start as the Saints, sitting at 0-4 in CCAC play. Away from home, the Lakers are 1-4 on the season. Mika Reid and Carli Schlaker lead the team with 11 points each, while Liana Imbrogno is just behind at 10 points. Reid also has a team-best five goals on the season. In six starts this season, Olivia Cain has a record of 3-5 in goal for the Lakers, including one shutout. As a team, Roosevelt is allowing 3.17 goals per game.
The Emergence of Mayte: After missing several games during her freshman season, rising sophomore Mayte Carillo Benavides has produced an impressive first half during the 2013 season. Benavides is currently tied for the most goals in a single season for the Saints with five. In addition, her 11 points are the second most all-time in a single season, trailing only Cassandra Juarez who had 13 in 2011.
Generating Offense: The 2013 Saints women's soccer team has improved drastically from the 2012 season, especially defensively. After scoring just five goals throughout the 2012 season, the Saints have upped their total through 10 games in 2013 to 18. The challenege during the four conference conference games has been generating consistent offense. In the four previous CCAC games, the Saints have been outshot 78-29. In addition, they've been outscored 13-1.
The Talented CCAC: The talent pool in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) so far during the 2013 season has been seen across the NAIA. Currently, there are two teams in the top 25 (Judson  & Olivet Nazarene ) and two receiving votes (Robert Morris & Trinity Christian).
This and That: Ten games into the 2013 season, the Saints have already surpassed their 2012 win total of two games ... Leah Trattles has become the all-time points leader in program history with 15 ... Taylor Paoulos (56) and Lindsey Swaim (53) are the only two players to have started 50 or more games in a career.