- Inside Athletics
|Calumet College Men (2-2)||1||0||1|
|East Chicago, IN|
|1||20:36||Plawecki, Matt (Calumet College Men)|
|1||29:50||Jad El-Zein (Marygrove)|
|2||77:46||Abdoulie Jallow (Marygrove)|
|2||79:00||Oneil Robinson (Marygrove)|
|2||89:00||Oneil Robinson (Marygrove)|
|Marygrove||Indv. Leaders||Calumet College Men|
|#9 Oneil Robinson - 2||Goals||#10 Plawecki, Matt - 1|
|#10 Jad El-Zein - 2||Assists||None|
|3 Players - 3||Shots||#24 Barango, Nick - 4|
|#0 Ryan Plonka - 3||Saves||#1 Perez, Fernando - 3|
|Marygrove||Team Statistics||Calumet College Men|
|14 (7)||Shots (on goal)||11 (4)|
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- The men's soccer team will return to Detroit with a shiny new trophy at their side after winning the 2013 Crimson Wave Invite with a 4-1 decision over the host, Calumet College of St. Joseph. The trophy is the first for head coach Matt Johnson and the Mustangs since the program's inaugural game was played in 2009.
Sticking with their early season theme, the Mustangs fell behind 1-nil before striking back less than 10 minutes in Sunday's (Sept. 1) championship game. The goal, and eventual victory, would be the team's fourth comeback in as many outings to open the 2013 season. Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Dearborn Fordson) continued his torrid early season pace by providing the Mustangs' first tally of the day to tie the game, 1-1, at the 29:50 mark. With a four-goal week, El-Zein made his case for another weekly award bid.
Talal Hamodi (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Crestwood) connected with El-Zein to earn the assist on the game-tying goal.
El-Zein's goal would be the final scoring play of the first half for either team as the championship game went into halftime tied, 1-1.
Putting a ton of pressure on the host Crimson Wave, the Mustangs were finally able to break through in the 78th minute when 2012 WHAC Newcomer of the Year Abdoulie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust) slammed home a goal from inside the box to put the Mustangs ahead, 2-1. Jallow's goal – the eventual game-winner – was the first of 2013 for the sophomore. Gonzalo Caceres (Detroit, Mich./Southwestern) crossed the ball into the box that found Jallow for the eventual game winner.
The go-ahead goal opened the flood gates over the final 12 minutes of play.
Stunned by the late goal, the host Crimson Wave unraveled as the Mustangs built off their momentum to knock in two more goals in the 4-1 victory. Sophomore Oneil Robinson (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Cornwall) was credited with both of the insurance goals in the final minutes as he helped secure the Mustangs first invite championship in program history. Robinson now has three goals on the season. El-Zein assisted both Robinson goals to lift his season point total to 13.
Ryan Plonka (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Macomb CC), like his team, remained unblemished in the win-loss column after earning his fourth win. Plonka has only allowed one goal per game over the course of his first four collegiate contests.
Due to three games in three days, the Mustangs emptied their bench to find fresh legs.
"Our team had the challenge of playing three games in a matter of three days," said Johnson of the tall task the Mustangs faced over the weekend. "I'm very proud of our boys for winning the tournament after a very difficult game against Spring Arbor Friday night. We are very excited to be bringing a trophy home to Marygrove College."
Jad El-Zein was named the Crimson Wave Invite MVP after scoring a pair of goals and dishing out two helpers in Indiana. Gonzalo Caceres also represented the Mustangs on the all-tournament team after knocking in a goal Saturday (Aug. 31) against Rochester College.