BILLINGS, Mont. – The first season in Carroll College men’s soccer history ended Thursday when the Saints lost an overtime match to Rocky Mountain 3-2 in the NAIA Unaffiliated tournament in Billings.
The match was a back and forth battle with teams trading goals before the dramatic end.
Rocky Mountain got on the board very early in the match with a goal with in the seventh minute on a goal by Zach Wall.
That would be the only goal in the first half although the Bears outshot Carroll 8-1. Carroll started pushing the ball forward late in the first half but it didn’t result in any shots for the Saints.
“We gave up a lot of early goals and that hurt us in a lot of games including today,” head coach Doug Mello said. “After that first goal we played a really great first half.”
The Saints got their first shot in the second half just 27 seconds in and Arturo Valle got Carroll on the board in the 57th minute.
The Bears regained the lead in the 76th minute with a goal by Jack Clancy. Rocky Mountain kept up the pressure and looked to be in control but a handball in the box gave Valle a chance to tie the game at 88th minute with a penalty kick.
Valle came through to send the game into overtime.
In the sixth minute of overtime, Carroll is called for a handball of their own in the box setting up a Rocky Mountain PK. The ball went off of the fingertips of Conor Smith to give Rocky the win.
The Saints finished the inaugural season 6-11-1. Mello has mixed feelings about the end of the first-ever season for Carroll men’s soccer.
“I am satisfied with the first season and what we did with just a few months to build a team than what I thought we would do in a lot of ways,” Mello said. “On the other side I am disappointed. We have a lot to learn and will get better with more maturity and experience.”
Mello is ultimately disappointed with how the season ended.
“The boys played really hard,” Mello said “We raised our level and fought through some adversity this season. We deserved better than this finish.”
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Arturo Valle scored two goals and the Carroll College Fighting Saints men’s soccer team jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over Trinity Lutheran in a neutral site match at the University of Walla Walla Saturday evening.
Valle scored goals in the 19th and 33rd minutes to spark the Saints offense. Nathan Boone added the third goal in the 40th minute to give Carroll the 3-0 lead at the break.
The Eagles scored two goals in the second half, both by Jesus Torres, but the attack wasn’t enough to steal the victory away from Carroll.
Conner Smith made five saves in the victory. Trinity Lutheran tallied 12 shots to the Saints 11 but the Saints earned four corner kicks to the Eagles’ one.
Carroll plays Walla Walla tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the regular season finale. The Saints defeated WWU 11-0 in their first meeting on Sept. 18th.
HELENA, Mont. – Fall for the Carroll College men’s Soccer is a busy time with games and training but when there is a cause to support head coach Doug Mello and his players can be counted on to help out.
Farm in the Dell International is a non-profit organization that supports developmentally disabled adults and teens through agricultural group homes and community involment.
Last week the Farm in the Dell did their annual “Lift up the Farm” living billboard fundraiser. The Saints men’s soccer team took the opportunity to give back to the community.
The team went to the Lift up the Farm event to help and also donated over $100 for the farm, which serves people in Montana, Canada and Kyrgystan.
DENVER – The University of Jamestown (N.D.) scored two early goals en route to a 4-1 win over Carroll College in a neutral site match in Denver.
Jamestown scored goals in the fourth and ninth minute to jump out to the 2-0 early lead.
The Carroll defense found its footing for the rest of the first half and went into the break without allowing another goal.
The Saints cut the lead to 2-1 in the 50th minute when Arturo Valle scored a header on a cross from Isaac Bostrom.
Jamestown went on the attack in the final minutes and scored goals in the 78th minute and 88th minute to finish the game 4-1.
Jamestown outshot the Saints 20-7.
The Saints return to the pitch tomorrow against Johnson and Wales (Colo.) at 2:30 p.m.
By Troy Shockley, Helena IR
It was far more interesting than it needed to be, but the Saints got the win. Playing its second game in as many days, the Carroll College men’s soccer team turned in a 3-2 win Sunday over Trinity Lutheran at Nelson Stadium.
A physical contest, it was a much needed win for Carroll, which suffered another near-miss in a loss at the University of Great Falls on Saturday.
“I think the big thing today is simply that you’ve gotta look at it as with a young program, a win’s a win,” coach Doug Melo said. “We’re excited, but if we’re in this position again I don’t think you’ll see the mistakes that we made. Because we’re a smart bunch of guys and we’ll learn from it.”