(Notre Dame, IN) The visiting Trojans of Trinity International University played hard against the Saints Saturday afternoon.
Emotions were high to start the game, as both teams were hustling up and down the field, and the play was very physical on each end.
"I felt at the beginning like this was going to be a very nitty-gritty hard fought game", remarked head coach Rhett Zych; "we had to maintain our composure and stick to our game plan."
The brisk pace of play and physicality boiled over rather quickly as a yellow card was handed to each team in only the second minute.
Both teams had their share of sustained pressure, but it was in the 25th minute that the tie was broken. Junior Robert Campos (La Ceiba, Honduras) dazzled a few would-be defenders to find an open Farkhod Kurbonov (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) who nailed the first goal of the game.
"We were looking for a spark offensively, so that is why we had Farkhod in the game", said Zych, "he delivered for us when we asked him to".
The lead did not last too long, as the Trojans were not going to go quietly, scoring a retaliation goal of their own just a few moments later in the 31st minute.
At the half, the teams were tied at one apiece. During the second half, the high octane pace continued, as both teams were looking for the next goal. However, the goal would not come in regulation, as neither team could find the back of the net, and overtime was needed.
Two ten-minute overtime periods were played to no avail, as the teams finished tied 1-1 after 110 minutes.
"Obviously I'm a bit disappointed with the tie because I felt like we played well enough to get the win", added Zych, "But I'm real proud of the boys...they played hard all 110 minutes."
Senior goalkeeper Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, Indiana) recorded some spectacular saves for a total of 11.
The tie moves the Saints' record to 3-2-1.
The Saints travel to the University of St. Francis on Tuesday, September 28th for their next game.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.