HAMMOND, Ind. -- The Purdue University Calumet men's soccer team will look for perhaps its biggest win of the season thus far as the Peregrines take on the Roosevelt Lakers in a battle of the conference's top teams Saturday at Dowling Park's Pepsi Field.
The Peregrines (10-1-1, 6-1), winners of four straight, will face the Lakers (9-3-2, 7-0-1) -- also riding a four-match win streak -- in a pivotal Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup at 2:30 p.m. CT at Dowling Park.
The Peregrines and the Lakers are both receiving votes in the latest NAIA Men's Soccer Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Dowling Park is located just east of Kennedy Avenue and north of Interstate 90/94, off J.F. Mahoney Drive, just west of the Jean Shephard Community Center located at 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr, Hammond, IN 46323.
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue Calumet is coming off a key road victory over Cardinal Stritch, Oct. 15, defeating the Wolves 2-1. Senior forward Papa Otoo (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River) scored his third goal of the season on a pass from senior Carlos Ramirez (El Paso, Texas/Coronado) in the 29th minute.
Senior Andres Ayala (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan) scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute, giving Ayala his 11th goal which ties teammate Papa Otoo's 2013 record for goals in a season.
Sophomore Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) picked up three saves for the Peregrines in the win, David improved his record to 7-0-1 on the season at goalkeeper.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
The Lakers are coming off a 4-0 victory over Trinity International, Oct. 14. The Lakers are led by Jose Garcia, Garcia has nine goals and 21 points so far this season. On defense, the Lakers are led by Jesus Velasco, Velasco has allowed 0.96 goals against average and owns a .787 save percentage. Roosevelt remains unbeaten in CCAC play, having collected wins over TIU (4-0), St. Xavier (2-0), Robert Morris (1-0), Olivet Nazarene (3-2, OT), Trinity Christian (6-0), Holy Cross (2-1) and St. Ambrose (4-1). Roosevelt played Calumet St. Joseph to a scoreless double overtime, 0-0 draw Oct. 30.
The Peregrines and Lakers stand tied 1-1-1 in the all-time series, but Purdue Calumet got the best of Roosevelt in two games last season. In 2014, Purdue Calumet defeated the Lakers on the road 1-0 in double overtime in regular-season play. The two teams met again in the first round of the CCAC Tournament, with the Peregrines advancing on penalty kicks, 5-3, after playing to a 2-2 draw.
The Peregrines are led by Andres Ayala, who has 11 goals this season with 22 points. On defense, sophomore keeper Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) leads the way, as he's recorded a 0.87 goals against average and owns a .774 save percentage.
Live stats for all Peregrine home soccer matches are available on the Peregrine Sports Network, located at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/puc/
The Peregrines are set to play their 2015 home slate at Dowling Park's Pepsi Field, as they will host opponents Roosevelt (Oct. 17), Holy Cross (Oct. 24), and Calumet St. Joseph (Oct. 31) at the new complex. Fans are asked to park in the F.O.P. Parking lot, located at 7527 Kennedy Ave. For more information, directions and more regarding Dowling Park, check out the Pepsi Field and Visitor's Guide, located at http://www.purduecalsports.com/athletics/pepsifield/