The Carroll College Saints started off their weekend road trip with a pair of wins over the College of Idaho in Caldwell on Friday.
The women’s team (7-3-1) took to overtime before nabbing the game-clinching goal in the 92nd minute. Ylena Gazdik stole a sloppily cleared ball by College of Idaho’s (4-3) goalkeeper and was able to finish a shot just outside the box to claim the victory, Saints coach Dave Thorvilson said.
The goal had additional meaning, as Gazdik played in a sort of homecoming in front of the Caldwell crowd. Gazdik prepped in Boise at Bishop Kelly, and the Saints had a dinner the prior night at Gazdik’s family’s house.
All of it made for a unique atmosphere for both Gazdik and the Saints.
Thorvilson said the game was a tale of two halves, as the Saints outshot the Coyotes 5-1 in the first half, controlling the pace. Then, in the second half College of Idaho outshot the Saints 5-0.
“Our backline held up pretty well,” he said. “College of Idaho has a very fast forward, Jamiece Yizar, and we limited her to one shot.”
Jamie Carter and the Saints recorded their seventh clean sheet of the season.
The women’s team opted to drive to Pocatello to cut down on the drive to Billings for their ensuing game with Rocky Mountain on Sunday. The drive will be just a quick, seven-hour drive over to Billings from Pocatello.
“Part of playing college soccer in the great northwest,” Thorvilson said.
The men’s (6-5) also claimed a 1-0 victory over College of Idaho (3-5).
Men’s coach Doug Mello described the game as a “tight battle throughout.”
Isaac Bostom finished a header toward the far bar off a corner kick in the 15th minute to give the men a 1-0 advantage, Mello said. Bernhardt Di Cino earned his second consecutive shutout of the season.
Mello noted Braden Wall and Jonathan Taylor played good, clean matches.
Mello said he reverted back to his “starters, so to speak,” the lineup he had used earlier in the season before the Saints had some struggles to score in recent weeks. Mello had juggled the lineup to see more production last week in Helena, and the Saints responded with a win. The Saints employed a deep bench against College of Idaho, playing 19 Saints total.
Looking forward to Rocky Mountain, Mello said he anticipated the game coming down to a set piece or a corner, as the Saints’ rivalry against the Battlin’ Bears tended to create close, tight matches.
The men play at 1 p.m. on Sunday followed by the women at 3.