The Crusaders were definitely outmatched in their match in Notre Dame last night against the Saints of NAIA Holy Cross, falling by a scoreline of 13-0.
Look beyond the final score. For the Crusaders, who have been struggling to find eligible bodies, just making this trip was somewhat remarkable, and the team clearly improved as the night went on.
According to Landon Koch, the team made definite progress from one half to the next, “we played terrible in the first half,” he says “but we tightened up our defence in the second and started playing more like we should.”
"We are learning as a team," says Midfielder Mike Vickers,"but we are a good team and we will get better."
Assistant Coach Josiah LeBlance said, “You could see the improvement right in front of you, from half to half, guys were figuring out how they should play the game.”
GLCC’s conference schedule begins Saturday at 1:00 at Henderson Field against Maranatha Baptist, who are ranked 8th in the NCCAA DII in the preseason polls.
“We’re playing a team that is very beatable,” LeBlance says, “we’ve competed well with them for the last two seasons. I just hope we’re all on the same page come Saturday.”
In Other NCCAA DII Midwest Region Action:
Lincoln Christian University defeated Robert Morris University-Illinois last night 1-0 in Springfield, Illinois.