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Holy Cross (3-9, 0-6 CCAC)
Match #13: Wednesday, Oct. 23--8:00 p.m.
@ St. Francis (Ill.) (8-5, 3-3 CCAC)
ATI Field (Joliet, Ill.)
Match #14: Saturday, Oct. 26--12:00 p.m.
vs. Trinity Christian (10-2-2, 5-1-1 CCAC)
Ganger Field (Notre Dame, Ind.)
This Week in Saints Soccer: The Saints return to action this week with two games. They begin the week tonight in Joliet, Ill. for a game under the lights against the University of St. Francis (Ill.) and will conclude on Saturday at home against Trinity Christian College.
Following Live: Live audio, video and stats will be provided for tonight's game courteous of the University of St. Francis. Media for tonight can be found here. You can find updates for Saturday's home match, like all home soccer matches, by following along on Twitter. The Twitter handle is @hocrosaints.
Last Time Out: The Saints opened up last week with a home matchup against Robert Morris University. The Eagles took control early in the game scoring five first half goals, and finished the match with a 7-0 win over the Saints. For the game, Robert Morris outshot the Saints 24-4. Senior Aileen Clouse finished the game with 10 saves. Following the match at home with the Eagles, the Saints traveled to Toyota Park to take on CCAC-foe Roosevelt. After 90 minutes of scoreless action, the Saints went to overtime for the second time this season. Mika Reid netted the game-winner for the Lakers in the 95th minute to give the Saints their seventh consecutive loss. The Saints had a number of chances in the matchup, outshooting the Lakers 17-13, but were unable to score.
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 12 games into 2013. Currently the Saints are off to a 3-9 start on the year.
Series Notes: Tonight's meeting with St. Francis (Ill.) will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs. The two most recently met on Oct. 2, 2012 at Ganger Field where St. Francis took down the Saints by a score of 9-0. In the previous four meetings, St. Francis has dominated the series by winning each time and outscoring the Saints 27-0. Saturday's meeting with Trinity Christian will also be the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools. They last squared off in Palos Heights, Ill. on Oct. 20, 2012 where the Trolls defeated the Saints by a score of 6-0. Trinity Christian leads the all-time series at 4-0 and has outscored the Saints 30-0 in the previous four meetings.
Scouting St. Francis (Ill.): Despite dropping their last two games, the Fighting Saints sit at 8-5 through their first 13 games. The duo of Brooke Polus and Liceth Robles have combined to score 17 of the team's 25 goals this season. Polus leads the way with 11 goals and 25 points on the year. Amanda Coleman has been solid in goal this year through 12 starts, holding a record of 7-5 with four shutouts. Additionally, Coleman has allowed just 1.82 goals against. St. Francis has played their best soccer at home this season with a record of 4-2.
Scouting Trinity Christian: The Trolls are currently riding a 2-game win streak while picking up their ninth and 10th wins of the season last week. With four players recording double-figure point totals so far this season, the Trolls have outscored their opponents 42-14 in their first 14 games. Rachel Webb leads the way with 12 goals and 30 points with Kayla Diemer just behind at 11 goals and 24 points. Becky Gold has been great in goal through 12 starts, recording a record of 8-2-2 with five shutouts. Gold has allowed just 11 goals in 12 games for a goals-against-average of 0.92. On the road, the Trolls are 4-1-1 in six games.
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 one receiving votes (Robert Morris).
Winding Down the Season: Despite the recent struggles, the 2013 Saints team has continued to make strides under first year head coach Geriann Druyos. For a team that scored only five goals in the 2012, the Saints have scored 18 through 12 games in 2013. With five games remaining, including tonight's game at St. Francis, the Saints have the opportunity to continue to move the program in the right direction.
Senior Night on the Horizon: Each season the women's soccer team dedicates the final home game of the season to the senior class. On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12:00 p.m. the Saints will honor seniors Lindsey Swaim, Kayla Vanlue, Sonia Bonilla and Aileen Clouse for the accomplishments.
This and That: The 2013 Saints have already set a new program-best with 48 points (18g, 12a) through 12 games this year, breaking the 2011 team who had 46 ... Mayte Carillo Benavides is tied atop the Saints record book for goals in a season with five and is just two points shy of tying the all-time record of points in a season (Juarez, 13; 2011) ... Saints assistant coach Valerie Patout holds the all-time record for shots on goal in a career with 38.