Notre Dame, IN. Despite great weather on the pitch tonight, the Holy Cross College men's soccer came up short in their home opener against Marygrove College with a score of 6-2 at Ganger Field. With the loss, the Saints fall to 0-1 on the season while the Mustangs move to 1-0.
Early in the match, both teams struggled to find their offense in the first half, but the Saints were first to strike as Cayetano Donoso was able to find the back of the net off a great assist from Harry Francis in the 10th minute. Late in first half, penalties cost the Saints and Marygrove was able to capitalize on two penalty kicks. After the first 45 minutes of action, the Saints were down 4-1.
The Mustangs were able to strike quick in the second half, giving them a 5-1 advantage, but a free kick goal by Bruno Suaze, at the 55th minute, cut the lead to 5-2. Lewis Tomlinson made a great save in goal at the 68th minute, but that was not enough to fuel the Saints comeback. Despite outshooting Marygrove 16-11, Holy Cross was unable to capitalize. Souza led the Saint with five shots, three being on goal for one score, while Kemp and Tomlinson both recorded one save.
"It was a tough loss for our group today. We were expecting a positive result and felt after the first 20 minutes we were headed in the right direction. After we went up things seemed to fall apart quickly," remarked Coach Omar. "A couple of undisciplined tackles really hurt us and we couldn't recover. It's disappointing but we need to accept the loss and learn from it. One area we must improve is our discipline on the pitch. If we can sort that out and focus on what we can control, we'll be able to bounce back."
The Saints will be back in action at Ganger field as they take on Marian University at home on Thursday August 24th followed by the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Tuesday August 29th.