(South Bend, Indiana) The Saints battled hard against the gusting winds and the Trolls from Trinity Christian College Saturday afternoon at the Indiana Invaders Complex.
Despite playing with just eight players, the Saints took on the Trolls (12-2 (5-1 CCAC)) and gave them all they could handle while playing with a standard eleven players.
With a depleted bench due to injuries, the Saints dressed only eight players and went head-to-head with the Trolls of Trinity Christian, winners of nine of their last ten contests.
All eight Saints - each knowing that they were to play the entire game without a rest - fought valiantly against the Trolls who ended up playing twenty-five players throughout the afternoon.
The Saints allowed three first-half goals off of nineteen shots in the first 16 minutes of the game, but settled in nicely and kept the Trolls off the scoreboard for the rest of the half. Goalkeeper Lindsey Swaim stopped 9 shots in the first period.
Holy Cross held TCC in check for the next 40 minutes until surrendering another goal in the 58th minute to make the score 4-0. Pure fatigue doomed the Saints midway through the second half as Trinity went on to score in the 64th, 66th, 87th, and 89th minutes.
Swaim was subject to 44 totals shots - 30 of which were on goal - en route to a 22 save performance.
The Saints displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire game despite having a 3 player disadvantage, recording only one foul the entire match.
The Saints return to the Indiana Invaders Complex October 19th at 4:00 PM for a match-up against Calumet College of St. Joseph.