Calumet College women's soccer coach Justin Olson comes right to the point when talking about center midfielder Carly Bermes.
"In my opinion, she's one of the best center mids in our conference," Olson said. "She does not get the recognition she deserves."
One of the reasons may be that the team is struggling with one win and has a nine-game losing streak entering Wednesday's match against Holy Cross. That doesn't stop Bermes from keeping a positive approach.
"Overall, our team chemistry is better this year," Bermes said. "We've had some injuries and I know we have struggled, but we are positive and go into each game looking to do good."
That includes her making sure everyone is prepared.
"You have to communicate, and my job is to make sure we do on the field," Bermes said. "I am used to being up, and you have to go out and keep a positive approach."
The Portage grad has been around sports most of her life. She would like to teach and possibly coach. Her mom, Kelly, is Portage High School's athletic director.
She also likes being a center midfielder. She has two goals and three assists this season.
"I like setting my teammates up for scores, getting everyone involved," Bermes said. "(On) my two goals, my teammates set me up with good passes."
VU blanking opponents: The Valparaiso men's soccer team shut out No. 23 Omaha and Horizon League rival Milwaukee last week.
The Crusaders (6-2-2, 2-0-1) have defeated two of the three ranked teams they played. Valpo lost to then-No. 14 Kentucky 2-1, but beat No. 18 Western Michigan 2-0. It has five shutouts, and coach Mike Avery said his team is physically strong.
"It is paying off in the close games," Avery said, "because we have been able to finish.
"Eighteen of our 30 players are new. We really came together and with a lot of new players. That was a big deal that we were able to come together."
The tough schedule is also a reason.
"I think the competition has made us play up, take our game up a notch," said Avery, whose team has a league game at Wright State on Saturday. "There is a lot of parity in college soccer, and I think that makes it exciting."
Pumas looking to rebound: The St. Joseph's College football team will try to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Lincoln (Mo.) University in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at noon Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
St. Joseph's (2-3, 1-2) was stopped short on a two-point conversion attempt in an 18-16 loss to Quincy. It is the team's first two-game losing streak since 2012.
"We did not play a very good first half and I think they saw that you have to play a full four quarters of football," St. Joseph's coach Dan Day said. "You have to go hard every play, every down. We played well in the second half. If we had played that way in the first half, it might have been a different outcome.
"Every single day we have to be focused. If you can do that, you will be ready for Saturday."
Coaches Caravan: Purdue Calumet will have a Coaches Caravan at 7 p.m. Monday at Bridges Scoreboard Lounge in Griffith.
Meet the RedHawks: Indiana Northwest will host Mid-Day Madness at noon Oct. 17 in the Savannah Center. The event is free.