(Ft. Wayne, IN) The men's soccer team traveled to St. Francis (IN) to take on the Cougars Tuesday evening. This was the second meeting between the two schools. Last year USF beat the Saints at home 3-1.
Saint Francis came out firing 6 shots in the first 20 minutes of the first half. The Saints held strong, but in the 33rd minute Matt Bessesen of USF beat goalkeeper Damian Marciniak for his first goal of the season. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead into the half outshooting Holy Cross 11-1.
The Cougars eventually added another goal in the 57th minute as Ryan Crawford headed the ball into the back of the net. The game ended in a 2-0 victory for USF. The loss drops Holy Cross to 1*-6-1 on the year. The Saints trailed in shots 17-8, and in corner kicks 9-3.
"I have never been a person to look for silver linings in dark clouds, but the Wednesday's game truly was a time to look for silver linings," said Head Coach Dustan Harley. "The St. Franics game was the first time we have come out and competed for a full ninety minutes. We possessed the ball, created scoring chances, and for the most part defended very well."
The Saints open their conference schedule this Saturday against Illinois Tech. The Scarlet Hawks are 4 - 4 on the season and come into Saturday's match-up on a two game winning streak. The Hawks lost in the CCAC championship game to Judson University a year ago.
*The Saints were awarded a win over the University of Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls was forced to forfeit the game.