Barango Name CCAC All-Conference Second Team
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer program is proud to recognize sophomore Nick Barango for his Second Team All-Conference award for the 2014 season. This is the second year in a row Nick has received this honor as he was coming off of a 14 goal season in 2013 as a freshman.
Nick finished the 2014 season with 7 goals and 5 assists most of which came in conference play.
Nick’s best game of the season came against Trinity International University where CCSJ found themselves down 3-0. After scoring a penalty kick, the Crimson Wave needed two more goals to tie the game. Nick Barango would score two goals in five minutes after assists from Stewart Thur and Byron Cipa to come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game.
“This is great for Nick. His work ethic and dedication to this team is unquestionable. He’s becoming a more well-rounded player which is evident in his stats this season. His speed makes things very difficult for any defense he goes up against. This is the second year in a row he was our leading scorer and I am very excited to see what else he can do over these next two seasons,” said Coach Olson.
The Crimson Wave would like to thank East Chicago Central High School and Trino Cavazos for their continued partnership with CCSJ and all the supporters of the men’s soccer team this season.
Men Honor Seniors Against Roosevelt
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team dropped their last game of the season to Roosevelt University 4-3 on Wednesday evening. It was senior night for the Crimson Wave and CCSJ would like to recognize Joseph Bax, Stewart Thur, Emmanuel Awuku, and Victor Lazano.
“I’m very proud of our senior group. These guys came in and worked extremely hard for us and helped make our program better. It’s been a pleasure getting to know them and I couldn’t be more proud of the young men they have become. I wish them nothing but the best,” said Coach Olson.
All three goals came in the second half for the Crimson Wave. After being down 3-0, CCSJ began to claw their way back into the game. Emmanuel Awuku had along throw in that found the head of Stewart Thur who flicked it over the Roosevelt keeper for CCSJ’s first goal. Nemanja Stefanovic was next in line as he took on three Roosevelt defenders and blasted it to the upper corner. The last goal for the Crimson Wave came when Byron Cipa played a great free kick into the box that found Kyle Uzubell who tucked it away.
“This was a tough season for us but there are still a lot of positives to take away. I felt that some of our younger players really stepped up this year to make a case for themselves. The guys fought all season long which is something I am proud of. It never seemed to matter how many goals we would be down as we would always find a way to get back into the game. We definitely have some things to work on as a team and I know these guys are already focused on getting themselves better this off season. We will be hitting the recruiting trail these next few months to bring in some guys to help bolster this roster. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this group,” said Coach Olson.
The Crimson Wave soccer program would like to thank Susan Johnson for taking the time to come out and take some amazing pictures.
Men Fall to Stritch
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team fell to Cardinal Stritch 4-1 on Saturday evening. It was a tough break for the men’s team as they were looking to get a crucial road win heading into the matchup.
“This was tough. We were playing a good game and both teams were creating chances. Stritch did a great job of possessing the ball and were able to break our defense down in the second half to score three unanswered goals. The guys really wanted this one but that’s college soccer sometimes. We played with a lot of effort but didn’t get the result we needed,” said Coach Olson.
The Crimson Wave played a strong first half defensively. Freshman goalkeeper Connor Power saved a penalty kick to keep the score at 0-0. Moments later, Nick Barango dribbled the ball down the right flank and crossed it into the box where junior Deng Mabur finished to put CCSJ ahead 1-0. With a few minutes remaining in the first half, Cardinal Stritch would answer in the 38th minute after Favian Gonzalez snuck one past the CCSJ defense.
The men’s team will return to action on Wednesday November 5th against Roosevelt University.
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