(Notre Dame, Ind) The men's soccer team took on visiting Concordia University from Ann Arbor today at the Indiana Invaders Complex.
The men's team put in two goals in the second half, and played stout defense to shutout the visiting Cardinals from Concordia University. The game was tied at half with no real advantage leaning to either team, but the Saints turned in a solid second half to get their first win of the season against a quality team from Concordia.
"I thought the boys played a very well rounded game today. It was a total team effort for 90 minutes. This was the best the boys had played all season, and it showed on the score sheet," said Head Coach Rhett Zych.
The Saints got on the board in the 61st minute by a good play in possession that led to service from freshman Alex Clarke (Liverpool, England) that Robert Campos (La Ceiba, Honduras) got control just outside the 6 yard box. He then slotted a nice pass to Garbhan Grant (Letterkenng, Ireland) for a tap in goal. It was Grant's second goal of the season.
"The second half was outstanding soccer by us. I thought the boys really pushed the tempo, and we deserved that goal. The goal came off of a nice piece of possession where we connected 8 or 9 passes. Garbhan did a nice job of staying onside on the play, and Robert did a good job of finding him in front of the net," said Coach Zych.
The backbreaker would come in the 85th when junior Luis Delgado (Lezington, Kentucky) put one away from distance after a nice play by sophomore forward Farkhod Kurbonov (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) holding the ball up top and laying it off for Delgado.
The defense proved to be very stout recording their first shutout. Niko Jelicic (Ontario, Canada) and Brooks McDonald (Spring Lake, Michigan) showed great composure and athleticism not letting the Cardinals maintain any sustained attack.
Senior Goalkeeper Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, IN) recorded his first shutout of the season, and come up big in the second half stopping a breakaway when the game was at 1-0.
" I thought that was the best game Brooks has played in a Saints uniform. He was sitting in for TJ who was injured and he did a fantastic job. This was an important win for us. We now need to take this momentum into our game Sunday against Andrews University. We need to enjoy this win, but understand that we need to keep building on these positive results," said Coach Zych.
The Saints next game is Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. at home at the Invaders Complex. They will be playing a double header with the women's team as they will be playing before the men at 4:00 p.m.