(Elgin, Illinois) The Saints took on the first-place Judson University Eagles (12-5 (7-1 CCAC)) this past Saturday night in Elgin, Illinois.
Perhaps the toughest opponent the Saints have played so far this year, the Eagles of Judson University came into the game on a two-game winning streak and looking to keep pace with Robert Morris College (7-1 CCAC).
Senior Brooks McDonald (Spring Lake, Michigan) got the start in goal for the Saints, and was busy early in the contest. McDonald made three saves early, and the defense blocked a few shots, but Judson showed why they are in first place in the conference by scoring the game's first goal in the 14th minute.
Judson's Mike Tobie criss-crossed through the Saints defense and beat McDonald to go up 1-0. The Eagles kept their foot on the gas pedal as they put another goal on the board in the 20th minute off an entry pass from the right side of the box that was then volleyed into the air and finally put home by Khosaba Martin of Judson.
Holy Cross got on the board shortly after on Robert Campos' (La Ceiba, Honduras) goal in the 21st minute. Luis Delgado (Lexington, Kentucky) played the ball up to Campos who beat a charging Neil Thompson to cut the deficit to 2-1. Holy Cross began to settle in and hold the Eagles in check and had some pressure in the offensive end off a shot on goal by freshman Alexander Clarke (Liverpool, England) in the 35th minute.
The Eagles returned fire in the 36th minute on a goal off a penalty kick which put Judson up 3-1 with under 9 minutes to play in the first period. The Saints were unable to hold the Eagles into halftime, as a through ball by Noah Price landed perfectly in front of Eddie Philpot who dribbled through the Holy Cross defense and tallied another goal for Judson. The half ended with the Eagles on top 4-1.
The second half was played just as tough as the first, but without any scoring until the 79th minute when Judson scored again off a free kick from just outside the box. Judson finally closed out the scoring in the 86th minute on a chip-shot goal to make the score 6-1.
The Saints drop to (4-9-1 (1-6-1 CCAC)), and will face Illinois Tech October 26th at 4:00 PM at the Indiana Invaders Complex.