(Belleville, Illinois) The Holy Cross men's soccer team took an early lead over the Lynx of Lindenwood University only to come up a bit short.
The Saints were visiting the Lynx of Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois last night.
The Lynx were sporting an overall record of 5-3-1 and the Saints brought a 3-3-1 record into play.
Holy Cross got right down to work early last night going ahead 1-0 on a goal by junior Robert Campos (La Ceiba, Honduras) off an assist from junior Garbhan Grant (Letterkenng, Ireland) in the 9th minute.
"I really wanted to start off hot because I know this is a quality team", said Rhett Zych after the game, "I was excited to see some great ball movement and the teamwork between Robert and Garbhan."
Campos' kick slid right into the upper corner of the goal, giving the Saints an early advantage.
However, the Lynx fought right back scoring three straight unanswered goals in the 16th, 19th, and 29th minutes, to give themselves a 3-1 lead shortly before the half.
"I told the guys at halftime that we needed to keep the ball moving and keep making shot opportunities for ourselves", added Zych.
Grant and Campos got the message, and the two helped Holy Cross get back on the board in the 62nd minute. Grant's shot off the crossbar was rocketed in by Campos for his second goal of the game.
Holy Cross was down 3-2 at that point, but could not muster any comeback rally.
A host of Lynx goals along with a slew Holy Cross yellow cards allowed the final score to unjustly reflect the outcome of the game. The actual game was considerably closer to the 3-2 score that the scoreboard displayed until the 72nd minute.
Zych noted, "The coaches and I really thought we had a chance to sneak this one out, but we lost our discipline and allowed the other team to take control of the game and make the plays."Edy Burruezo (Madrid, Spain), Luis Delgado (Lexington, Kentucky), and Alex Clarke (Liverpool, England) each recorded two shots.
Senior goalkeeper Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, Indiana) made 6 saves in 83 minutes.
Jason Andrews (Brandywine, Michigan) allowed no goals in 7 minutes of relief.
The loss puts Holy Cross' record at 3-4-1.
Their next game is at Olivet Nazarene University October 4th at 7:30 PM.