Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
8/31/14 - The Crimson Wave women’s soccer team earned a thrilling victory today over Clarke University 3-2. It was a game that literally came down to the final seconds as the ladies were able to survive to earn their third win of the season. The ladies are now 3-1.
Clarke University got on the board first after a through ball up the middle that found the left winger who buried it. The Crimson Wave evened the odds just before the half after a 35 yard blast from Maritza Salas that sailed over the goalkeeper. The first half would come to a close tied 1-1.
The second half became a battle for both teams as the game pressed on. Clarke was able to score their second goal after a poor clearance from the CCSJ defense and crossed the ball to the back corner. There was a great change in momentum for the Crimson Wave as they began to create multiple scoring opportunities. Patty Diaz tied the game at 2-2 after she finished a corner kick that was deflected off of a Clarke defender. CCSJ would finally gain the lead in the 83rd minute after a cross from Taylor Syren that found Rebecca Berry waiting at the top of the six yard box and headed the ball into the back of the net. Patty Diaz earned All-Invitational Team honors and Rebecca Berry earned MVP of the Crimson Wave Invite.
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of these young ladies. They have worked so hard to get to this point. I thought we moved the ball very well and created multiple scoring opportunities today. I give a lot of credit to Clarke University as they have a great program. This was a great weekend for us and we will have a few days off to heal up and prepare ourselves for our trip up to Iowa next weekend,” said Coach Olson.
The ladies will return to action next weekend as they travel up to Iowa to take on Briar Cliff University.
The game began with a CCSJ attack that saw twelve shots on goal in the first half. The game would remain scoreless until Morgan Balcom capitalized on a bobbled free kick that found the back of the net in the 33rd minute. Defensively, CCSJ did not allow a shot on goal during the first half.
The second half started out in favor of CCSJ when Carly Bermes slotted a ball through the defense that found Sandra Narvaez who blasted it to the right corner to give CCSJ the 2-0 lead. St. Mary’s would get on the board next when a poor defensive clearance found Kylee White who gave St. Mary’s their only goal of the match. Freshman Rebecca Berry scored her first collegiate goal as she took the ball through the middle and buried one in the upper corner. Rebecca then found senior Lucia Neaves who buried one into the side netting on the right side to give CCSJ the 4-1 lead. Senior Morgan Balcom would score the final goal of the game as it came to an end 5-1.
“I’m very proud of how hard we played today. It was great to see so many players get involved offensively as we continue to move forward. St. Mary’s played very hard and we were able to find the net in the second half to secure the game,” said Coach Olson.
The Crimson Wave will return to action on Sunday when they take on Clarke University in the championship game at 2:00 pm.