Men Hold USF Scoreless
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team earned their first CCAC win in defeating the University of St. Francis 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. The men are now 1-1 in conference play this season.
“We played a complete game today. We weren’t happy with how we couldn’t hold on to the lead in our first conference game and the guys responded well. Our possession was very good and our defense was able to hold off a fast St. Francis attack. This was a great result for us as we get ready for a tough road game against Holy Cross next week,” said Coach Olson.
CCSJ got on the board in the 71st minute after Nick Barango took the ball down the sideline. He played a ball to Junior Byron Cipa who slotted it through the USF defense as Stewart Thur ran onto it to tuck the ball away. Ten minutes later, Nick Barango intercepted a pass from the USF defense and blasted a twenty five yard shot to put CCSJ up 2-0.
The men’s team will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on Holy Cross. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30cst.
Men Fall a Goal Short to RMU
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team dropped their first CCAC matchup against Robert Morris 3-2 on Wednesday night. CCSJ was up 2-0 before a barrage of goals from Robert Morris who would clinch the game in the final ten minutes.
“We played very well for 80 minutes but it wasn’t good enough. We created chances and scored some nice goals to go up in the game. We failed to play a complete game and allowed Robert Morris to come back. I give RMU credit for fighting until the final whistle. This is a learning lesson for us and we still have a lot of games left to play,” said Coach Olson.
The first goal of the game came in the 50th minute as Greg Prohl tucked in a ball in the six yard box to put CCSJ up 1-0. Eight minutes later, Nick Barango took on two RMU defenders and buried it on the right side to put CCSJ up 2-0.
The men’s team will return home on Saturday when they host the University of St. Francis. Kickoff is at 2:30pm at East Chicago Central High School.
Cole Heads in Golden Goal
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team defeated Concordia University 3-2 in a thrilling overtime win to gain their third win of the season. CCSJ overcame a 2-0 deficit to score three unanswered goals in the return home after a three game on the road.
“We never gave up. For the past few seasons, this team has always fought to the final whistle. I’m very happy for the guys as they have been working extremely hard as we get ourselves ready for conference. We had some tough road games and it was great to return home and be in front of our fans. Our student section was great and we appreciated the support. We have a very tough group of young men it’s great to see us playing as one. This was a great win for us to gain some momentum heading into our conference season,” said Coach Olson.
The game started out with CCSJ getting the first two shots of the game. Concordia got on the board with an early goal just over ten minutes into the game. Concordia would score a second time within a few minutes to go up 2-0 to CCSJ. The first half came to a close with the Crimson Wave down 2-0.
Relentless is the word used to describe the Crimson Wave in the second half. There was a lot of energy from the start as the defense did not allow Concordia a shot on goal for the first fifteen minutes. CCSJ finally got on the board after a ball across the box from Nick Barango that found Greg Prohl who scored his first collegiate goal. In the 78th minute, Emmanuel Awuku took the ball down the right flank and slotted one over the middle who found Greg Prohl as he tucked it away for the tying goal! Regulation came to an end with the score tied 2-2.
The crowd was alive as overtime began. The Crimson Wave continued the momentum from the second half as they nearly won the game after Greg Prohl nearly found his third goal of the match as he sailed one inches over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Byron Cipa would cross a ball to Donovan Cole who got up in the air to head the ball to the left corner for the golden goal!
The men’s team will return to action on Wednesday in their first conference match of the season as they travel to Robert Morris University.
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