HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Calumet men’s soccer team clinched a home playoff birth for the first round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a win over Calumet St. Joseph Saturday afternoon.
The Peregrines (12-3-2, 8-3-1 CCAC) defeated the Crimson Wave (9-7-2, 6-5-1 CCAC), 1-0, to lock up the No. 2 seed for the CCAC Tournament set to begin Saturday, Nov. 7. Opponent and time to be announced later.
“We had a very good performance given the weather conditions this afternoon,” first-year Head Coach Ryan Hayes said. “It was great to keep a clean sheet, and it shows fantastic resilience in our defense.”
“Our guys fought hard all season, and to finish in the Top-2 in our conference is a great achievement.”
After a scoreless first half, the Peregrines recorded the lone goal in the match, after a header by Cristian Garcia (Whiting, Ind./Clark) in the 62nd minute found the back of the net thanks to a perfect cross from senior JP Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan).
The Peregrines backline battled to hold the Crimson Wave scoreless for the remainder of the match, to pick up their second shutout win in a row.
Sophomore keeper Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) recorded three saves in the shut out win for his eighth victory in goal this season.
The Peregrines return to action Sat. Nov. 7, when they host the first round of the CCAC tournament at Dowling Park’s Pepsi Field.
Purdue Calumet’s opponent and time of the match is TBA, and will be finalized after the all of the CCAC regular season matches have been completed Saturday.