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Holy Cross (8-5, 3-3 CCAC)
Match #14: Tuesday, Oct. 22--8:00 p.m.
@ St. Francis (2-9, 1-5 CCAC)
ATI Field (Joliet, Ill.)
Match #15: Saturday, Oct. 26--2:30 p.m.
vs. Trinity Christian (5-8-1, 2-5 CCAC)
Ganger Field (Notre Dame, Ind.)
This Week in Saints Soccer: The Saints continue with CCAC action this week with two games beginning tonight at the University of St. Francis (Ill.). They will close out the week back at home on Saturday, Oct. 26 against the Trolls of Trinity Christian College.
Following Live: Live audio, video and stats are available for tonight's game hosted by the University of St. Francis. The media can be found here. Saturday's home contest, like all home contests, will be tweeted live. Make sure to follow the Saints on Twitter @hocrosaints.
Recapping Last Week: The Saints kicked off the week playing host to the Eagles of Robert Morris University. A physical rivalry over the past few seasons, the Saints got off to a good start in the first half with goals from senior captain Garbhan Grant and junior Simon Soto. They were able to control the tempo of the game early and capitalize on opportunities. Robert Morris answered with a goal early in the second half, however, the Iain McTurk did a great job in goal with eight second half saves to help the Saints pull off the 2-1 victory. Saturday's road contest with Roosevelt was a challenge for the Saints after falling behind 1-0 early in the first half. Garbhan Grant scored his ninth goal of the year to tie it at 1-1 but the Lakers scored the game-winner in the 76th minute to defeat the Saints 2-1.
Head Coach Omar Gallo: In his second season as the Saints head coach, Omar Gallo holds a career record of 17-11-3. Currently, the Saints are off to an 8-5 start and sit in a tie for sixth place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Concference (CCAC). Under Gallo's guidance, the Saints made their first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play-off berth and won a program-best nine games in 2012.
Series Notes: Tonight's meeting with St. Francis is the sixth time the two programs have met. The Saints last took on the Fighting Saints on Oct. 3, 2012, defeating the conference rival 4-0. St. Francis owns the all-time series advantage at 3-2. Saturday's meeting with Trinity Christian will be the fifth all-time meeting between both programs. The Saints last took down the Trolls on Oct. 20, 2012 with a 2-0 victory. Prior to the Saints win, the Trolls won the previous three meetings and hold a 3-1 series advantage over the Saints.
Scouting St. Francis: Having lost five consectutive matches, the Fighting Saints sit at the bottom of the league standings with three points. Despite their struggles of late, both wins for St. Francis have come at their home field. Senior forward Victor Trujillo leads the team in goals (6) and points (12). Four individuals have seen time in goal this season with James Thorpe recording both victories. Collectively, the Fighting Saints are allowing over three goals-per-game (3.11) while averaging less than one goal scored per-game (0.98).
Scouting Trinity Christian: The Trolls saw their recent 2-game winning streak end their last time out in a 3-1 home loss to Saint Xavier. Through 14 games this season, the Trolls sit at 5-8-1 overall and 2-5 in CCAC play. Mauricio Salgado leads the Trolls with four goals and 10 points on the season. In goal, Gabe Fennema holds a record of 4-5-1 while allowing 1.82 goals against. In seven roads games this season, the Trolls have a record of 3-3-1.
There's No Place Like Home: The Saints have played their best soccer during the 2013 season when at their home field. In five home games this season, the Saints have ourscored their opponents 14-5 and are a perfect 6-0 on the year. Under coach Gallo's guidance, the Saints have a record of 12-1-1 when playing at their home field.
Getting Results on the Road: Through three games in conference play, the Saints have not recorded a point and have been outscored 8-2. With conference season winding down, results are becoming even more important. On the season, the Saints have recorded just one victory away from home in five attempts.
Winding Down the Conference Season: With five CCAC games left on the schedule the Saints sit in a tie for fifth place in the conference with nine points. Seven teams will advance to the post-season tournament. Of the five remaning games, the Saints will play three on the road.
McTurk Atop the Conference: The play of freshman goalkeeper Iain McTurk has surely helped the Saints hold off some late charges from opponents this season. In the win against Robert Morris, McTurk stopped 8-of-9 shot attempts from the Eagles in just the second half to preserve a big 2-1 victory. Currently, McTurk is atop the CCAC in saves-per-game (6.33) and second in total saves (38).
This and That: Garbhan Grant has been on a tear through the last three games, scoring in every game and totalling five goals ... Grant leads the team with nine goals this year, and has scored five of the last six goals for the Saints this year ... the last time the Saints traveled to Joliet, Ill. they fell to St. Francis 5-1 at ATI Field ... of the remaining five games, only one team (Judson) has a winning record in CCAC play.