(Milwaukee, Illinois) The Cardinal Stritch University Wolves (6-6-1 (1-4-1 CCAC)) hosted the Saints (3-7-1 (0-4-1 CCAC)) under the lights last night.
The Wolves were looking for their first CCAC win, and they put the pedal to the floor early, not allowing a Holy Cross shot until the 26th minute. Stritch fired twelve shots and eight corner kicks in the first half against Saints goalkeeper Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, Indiana) and the Saints defense. Marciniak made 3 saves in the first half.
Stritch was putting too much pressure too frequently on the Saints, who surrendered the first goal of the game to Dave Scherer of the Wolves in the 30th minute. Holy Cross fired back, however, with shots by Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) in the 31st minute and Alexander Clarke (Liverpool, England) in the 38th minute.
The Wolves did not take too kindly to the Saints game plan and returned fire in the form of Ben Allen's goal in the 44th minute. The goal came after three consecutive corner kicks by Stritch that stretched the Saints' defense just a bit too thin. The Saints headed into halftime down 2-0.
"I would have really liked to head into halftime just down one goal", explained head coach Rhett Zych after the game, "But 2-0 was not insurmountable by any means. I told the guys to keep the intensity up in the second half and beat the other guys to the ball."
The second period started as just an extension of the first, with Stritch adding on a marker in the 48th minute by Josh Roberts. The goal put up the Wolves 3-0 which is how the game would end.
The Saints were able to control the Wolves offense a little better in the second half, allowing just six shots and three corner kicks. Marciniak made two more saves in the second period.
The Saints were lead on offense by Clarke with three shots, Jelicic with one, Robert Campos (Le Ceiba, Honduras) with one, and Luis Delgado (Lexington, Kentucky) with one.
The Saints resume play at home October 15th at 3:00 PM against Trinity Christian College at the Indiana Invaders Complex. The women's game is at 1:00 PM.