Notre Dame, IN. Men's soccer hosted Goshen College in a windy, rainy afternoon game at Ganger Field. The matched featured the TopSoccer Day, with many area youth in attendance. Despite the weather conditions, the saints were able to defeat the Maple Leafs 4-3. With the win, men's soccer improves to 4-1 while Goshen falls to 2-2.
The match was full of energy, as both teams seemed to feed off each other's enthusiasm. Goshen was able to score two early goals before the 10-minute mark. Ilja Golubevs scored on a penalty kick at the 33-minute mark to spark the Saints going into halftime.
It did not take long for the Saints to build off that enthusiasm going into the second half, as Kalen Saddler scored off a corner kick by David Villegas to tie things up 2-2. At the 71-minute mark, the Saints took their first lead when Cayetano Donoso found the back of the net off a rebound free kick. Goshen answered quickly and we were tied up 3-3 with 17 minutes to play.
The Saints were aggressively on the attack late in the match, which caused a foul call inside the penalty box. Ilja Golubevs stepped up to take the PK and again scored giving the Saints the lead with the game winning goal.
Being down 0-2 to start and battling back showed a great amount of heart by our guys," said Coach Gallo. "With some guys out due to injury, our depth came up big in this game. This is the kind of win that can propel us into conference play on a high note."
Ilja Golubevs paced the way with two goals both unassisted while Kalen Saddler and Cayetano Donoso added one goal apiece. David Villega added one assist and Noah Kemp recorded six saves in 90 minutes in goal.
The Saints will be back in action Friday September 8, when they play in the Lawrence Tech Tournament versus Huntington University, kick-off at 1:00.