Men's Soccer Ends Season in CCAC Trny
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team fell to the Olivet Nazarene Tigers on Saturday afternoon 2-1. This was a tough break for CCSJ as they made their first CCAC Tournament appearance in the programs history. CCSJ knew they were going up against a tough defensive team and this turned out to be a very exciting game.
The Crimson Wave moved the ball well to start the game. The backline of the Crimson Wave was patient as they pressed forward. CCSJ was able to striker first as Freshman Joshua Crague recovered a poorly cleared pass in the box. Joshua found Sophomore Felipe Garcia da Silva who knocked it to the corner to go up 1-0. ONU was able to equalize in the 35th minute of play when Tyler Gill scored off of a corner kick.
The second half turned into a downhill game for both teams. ONU got an early goal just three minutes into the second half on a breakaway goal. The Crimson Wave had two great chances to equalize and both shots went just wide of the goal. As the final seconds came off the clock, the end of the season arrived for the Crimson Wave.
“What a game that was. We knew coming in that ONU was one of the best defensive teams in the conference. We got on the board first and really played a solid game. We didn’t get the result we wanted but we made history as a group this season and those guys will forever be proud of that. Now the tone is set and we will bring in some talent this off season to build our team and keep moving forward. I am extremely proud of how hard these guys worked all season long,” said Coach Olson.
Men Headed to Post Season with Win Over Lakers
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team made history Tuesday afternoon by defeating Roosevelt University 3-0. This was the most important game of the season for the men as they had to win to earn a CCAC Tournament berth. This marks the first time CCSJ has qualified for the tournament in the programs eight year history!
It was a gloomy day at Toyota Park as the Crimson Wave entered the pitch with their season on the line. The first half saw a lot of action on both sides but it was CCSJ who may have scored the goal of the year when Felipe Garcia da Silva hit a 55 yard bomb that sailed over the Roosevelt goalkeeper to put CCSJ up 1-0. The score would stay that way as the half came to an end.
Junior Stewart Thur had a big night as he contributed two second half assists; one going to Freshman Joshua Crague and the second to Freshman Nick Barango. The defense of CCSJ was able to withstand a Roosevelt attack that was ranked fourth in the CCAC. The back line really worked well together and prevented anything from going in the net. Senior goalkeeper Fernando Perez got his second shutout of the season. The Crimson Wave move to 9-9 on the season.
“Words can’t express my excitement for this group of young men. We were close last season and finally broke through. My team responded extremely well for the adversity they were in and that shows how tough we are. We are playing some good soccer right now and we hope to find our stride in the CCAC Tournament,” said Coach Olson.
CCSJ will return to action on Saturday as they take on Olivet Nazarene University. Kickoff is at 4:00pm.
Men Take Win Over IIT
The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team hosted IIT on Saturday afternoon in what turned out to be an exciting game. This was an emotional day for the men’s team as this was Senior Day for Andrew Yousif, Marco Torres, Jorge Barba, Pedro Gomez, Fernando Perez, Brayan Elias, Salvador Salazar, John Kantor, and Matt Plawecki. “These guys have all worked hard in their careers. This was a great to play this game hard and get the win to honor our seniors,” said Coach Olson.
The Crimson Wave got on the board first when senior Andrew Yousif made a great run out of the back. Yousif took on two defenders and then took a shot from twenty five yards out that found the back of the net. The score was 1-0 at halftime with CCSJ out shooting IIT 10-4.
It would be IIT who would strike first in the second half when Bart Grabowski capitalized on a poor defensive clearance to even the score 1-1. The Crimson Wave dialed up their attack and kept coming. Senior Salvador Salazar took a shot inside the box that deflected off of the goalkeeper. It would be freshman Nick Barango who would be there to tuck the ball to the corner with five minutes left in the game. CCSJ snaps their two game losing streak with another impressive win at home. This win also sets the school record for most regular season wins!
“We did well at finishing the game today. Our upperclassmen really stepped up and it was great to see those guys do well. We played a complete game today and now we focus on our most important game of the season against Roosevelt on Tuesday,” said Coach Olson.
CCSJ will travel to Bridgeview, Illinois on Tuesday November 5th to face Roosevelt University. Kickoff is at 2:00pm.
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