(Palos Heights, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team got back in the win column Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the Trolls of Trinity Christian College. The win for the Saints brings their season record to 8-5-2 (5-2-2 CCAC) on the year.
Coming off of their 1st loss in the last seven matches played, the Saints were able to come out and execute on the road at Trinity Christian and get a goal in the 16th minute from Farkhod Kurbonov (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) for an early 1-0 lead.
Despite being outshot 9-1 in the 1st half of play, the Saints were able to cling to their 1-0 lead from the excellent play of freshman goalkeeper Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.).
"Victor was played absolutely incredible for us," said head coach Omar Gallo. "We weren't able to come out to the best of starts, but Victor kept us in it with his stellar performance."
As the 2nd half went on, the Saints were able to pick up their offense and get some more scoring opportunities.
In the 76th minute, Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.) added his 6th goal of the year off a pass from Captain Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) and increased the Saints lead to 2-0.
The Saints were able to hold on for the final 15 minutes and close out the match with their school record 8th regular season win and 5th conference win.
Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.) finished the match with 9 saves while recording his 5th shutout of the season.
"It felt great to get back on track with this win on the road," stated coach Gallo. "I felt our Captains picked the guys up at half and we came out attacking."
"Victor's big saves definitely motivated the guys," continued coach Gallo. "I'm very proud of how they responded on the road after a tough loss. With only two games left we are playing for our season. We will look to continue this momentum at Calumet on Tuesday."
As the season is winding down, the Saints will continue conference play on the road at Calumet College of St. Joseph on Tuesday at 4:00pm EST.
They will return home to conclude their 2012 regular season schedule on Saturday, October 27th at 4:00pm EST where they will host the Judson Eagles. Saturday's match will also honor senior Saints Briant Estrella (Ameca Jalisco, Mexico) and Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.).