The Crimson Wave (2-12-0) and the Saints (4-8-1) were both looking for a win as the regular season begins to wind down.
"This was one of those games where you knew right out the gate the opposing team was going to lay it all out on the field," remarked Zych after the game, "the season is beginning to wind down, and these teams will do anything for a win."
Holy Cross knew this fact just as well as any team, going ahead 1-0 off a breakaway goal thirty-seven seconds into the game from junior Luis Delgado (Lexington, Kentucky). "I was preaching to the guys to go out and attack early and before I could do that Luis scored," added Zych.
Holy Cross kept the pressure on the Wave when Delgado again scored for the Saints in the 20th minute. Junior Garbhan Grant (Letterkenng, Ireland) crossed a ball from deep in the offensive zone and Delgado nailed the ball home after the goalie for the Wave misplayed a bounce. Holy Cross would have a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.
"I told the guys during the half that 2-0 was not a big enough lead," noted Zych, "stranger things have happened." The Saints had a few quality chances in the second half, finally capitalizing in the 66th minute when freshman Alex Clarke (Liverpool, England) scored on a breakaway from a great lead pass from senior Jaime Genis (Elkhart, Indiana).
The Crimson Wave would not go quietly however, scoring in the 72nd minute after some sustained pressure on goalkeeper Robert Campos (La Ceiba, Honduras). But just seven minutes later, the Saints answered with a goal from Patrick Owona (Yaounde, Cameroon). It was Owona's second goal of the season, and it gave the Saints a 4-1 lead with about fifteen minutes in regulation.
The Crimson Wave scored another goal in the 81st minute that cut the deficit to 4-2, but they could not make the game any closer, because Campos and the Saints defense would not allow it.
"I was happy we made lots of good decisions today and executed very well. Everybody did their part today," said Zych.
Robert Campos, usually a forward, was in goal for the Saints to fill in for the ineligible Damian Marciniak. Campos played very well, facing 24 shots - thirteen on goal - and saving 11. The Saints could have added to their total because of their relentless offensive attempts.
Edy Berruezo (Madrid, Spain), Farkhod Kurbonov (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), and Genis all shined on offense, tallying 10 shots between the three. Clayton Bright (Plymouth, Indiana) and Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) displayed solid defense the entire game. Zych was also pleased with the great two-way play from TJ Hendzel (Lisle, Indiana), Otto Gonzalez (South Bend, Indiana), Briant Estrella (Ameca Jalisco, Mexico), Brooks McDonald (Spring Lake, Michigan), and Khiry-Jerrell Hollowell (Indianapolis, Indiana).
The Saints enjoy a four-day rest and then head to conference-leader Judson University for a battle on October 22nd at 3:30 PM.