Jordan Oyer - Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Holy Cross Saints met Concordia University-Ann Arbor Cardinals on Saturday afternoon and scraped out a 1-0 victory in overtime. The Saints move to 2-0 on the season and keep their home field record unblemished.
The game began with little offensive play taking place as both teams turned it over to each other in the midfield for most of their possession. In the first 25 minutes there were only three total shots taken. The game was delayed in the 25th minute by lightning strikes in the area, after a 32 minute delay the teams resumed the game as they had left it.
Both teams began to open each other up after the delay, but it would remain goalless at halftime. In the second half, it was more of the same as both teams struggled to create good chances on goal. The play was also stymied by a deluge of rain for several minutes in the second half.
In the last ten minutes of regulation, the Saints began to build consistent attacks on the Concordia goal putting the Cardinals on the run in defense. The visitors were beginning to show their fatigue and this fueled the Saints attack into the overtime period.
When the overtime period began it was all Saints as they created four shots in the first five minutes, before Chad Swieca smashed in a perfect corner service from Steven Smith with his head to give the Saints the win in the 97th minute. Swieca claimed his first goal of the season and Smith his first assist on the game winning play.
"It wasn't pretty tonight with the weather and the lack of quality play from our guys for most of the game, but we got the result that mattered and in the process earned our second straight shutout," said Head Coach Omar Gallo after the win. "We definitely have some things to work on for next week, but I love that the guys stayed with it till the end and found the strength to win very late on in the game."
The Saints will travel to crosstown rival Bethel College on Saturday, September 6th next week, where kick off will be at 3:00 PM.