(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team closed out their 2012 non-conference schedule with a 4-1 victory over the Huntington University Foresters Wednesday evening. The win for the Saints brings their record to 3-3 on the year, including a perfect 3-0 record at home.
Holy Cross was able to get off to a fast start once again with freshmen Troy Padgett (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) netting the games first goal off a pass from senior Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.).
Shortly after the Saints took a 1-0, a handball in the box gave Huntington a penalty kick where Yordan Rivera tied the game for the Foresters.
The Saints were able to regroup after the tying goal when junior Captain Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) netted what would ultimately end up being the game winning goal for the Saints at 26:07 in the 1st half. For Jelicic, this would be the 2nd year in a row he scored the game winning goal against Huntington University.
Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.) was welcomed back to the starting lineup for the Saints today as he missed the last two games with a neck injury. Navarro finished the game with 7 saves, and only allowed the one goal off of the penalty kick early in the first half.
"Today was a big win for us," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "We wanted to come out and execute right away, and I feel we were definitely able to do that today. While some of the calls didn't seem to go our way out there, I was proud of the way the guys were able to stay composed for the entire game. This win couldn't have come at a better time as we are getting prepared to start conference play this weekend."
The Saints received goals from Padgett (‘7, '70), Jelicic ('13), and Finn Hartel ('44).
Holy Cross will travel to Chicago, Illinois on Saturday to take on the Scarlet Hawks of Illinois Tech. to open conference play.
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