(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team continued their historic season with a 4-0 victory over the University of Saint Francis Fighting Saints Tuesday evening.
The win for the Saints helped continue the historic season first year head coach Omar Gallo and the 2012 men's soccer team has been having. After the win, the Saints set school records for most wins in a season (6); most conference wins (3), most conference wins in a row (3), and most points in conference play (9).
The first half of the match proved to be anyone's game. Holy Cross was very aggressive early on, but just couldn't find the back of the net. It was in the 25th minute when junior Captain Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) notched the first goal for the Saints.
Holy Cross went into the half with a 1-0 lead and a shot advantage of 16-4 over Saint Francis.
When the second half began, it seemed as if a different team had stepped onto the field; the team was making great passes, getting in good position, and getting shots on net.
Just over a minute after the goal from Delgado, freshmen Alberto Marchi (Hudson, Ohio) notched his third goal of the season giving Holy Cross a 3-0 lead.
In the 79th minute of action, junior Khiry-Jurrell Hollowell (Indianapolis, Ind.), scored his first career goal for the Saints which ended up putting the game out of reach at 4-0. What made the goal even more special for Hollowell was the fact that he scored this goal on his 22nd birthday.
Freshmen goalkeeper Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.) recorded 4 saves in the victory. For Navarro, this was his second straight shutout, and third of the season, in this impressive freshmen campaign.
Coach Gallo, well aware of where Tuesday's victory puts his team in school history, was very pleased with his team's result.
"I'm extremely proud of the guys and how hard they battled throughout that second half," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "That was definitely the best half we've played all year. It's really exciting for our program to be turning the corner like we have so far this year and even more so with four freshmen in our starting lineup. All of the success is great, and we are extremely proud of where we're at, but we still have our main goal of getting to the conference tournament. "
The success that coach Gallo has had so far this year is something he's extremely proud of.
"As a first year head coach, it's extremely humbling to have the guys play the way we've been teaching them from the start. I'm very thankful to have the guys I have who are eager to put in the work to be successful and to have coach Kyle Zaber on my staff with me teaching these guys. I feel we've put ourselves in a great situation to reach our goal of making the conference tournament."
The win for the Saints brings their season record to 6-4 (3-1 CCAC). They were also able to keep their home winning streak intact as they're currently 5-0 at home this season.
The Saints will travel to Chicago, Illinois this Saturday for a conference match with the Lakers of Roosevelt University. They will return home with a game on Tuesday, October 9th at 4:00pm EST against Olivet Nazarene University.
Stay tuned to hcsaints.com for all Holy Cross Saints men's soccer scores and news updates.
|Holy Cross at||5th of 7|
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|St. Olaf College at||2|
|Michigan State University at||11|
|Wayne State University at||6|