This past Saturday marked game day 1 of the spring futsal league hosted by Bethel College (IN). The Holy Cross men's soccer team took on Bethel College, Goshen College, Spring Arbor University and Cornerstone University throughout the day.
The Saints opened game day 1 with cross town rival Bethel College. The Saints were looking to avenge a defeat in last year's Goshen College futsal tournament. Bethel took the early 3-0 lead in the game paralyzing the Saints. However, the Saints answered with three straight goals from Robert Campos (2) and Romulo Nobrega (1).
The Saints found themselves down 4-3 late in the game. With 8 seconds left, the Bethel goalkeeper let the ball slip under him leaving Sergio Del Campo with on open net to finish the game and tie at 4-4.
Keeping the momentum from game 1, the Saints took on Spring Arbor. Fatigue ended up being the biggest enemy for the Saints as they dropped the game 3-1. Sergio Del Campo scored his second goal of the day.
The Saints played Goshen College in game 3 and came ready to win. Romulo Nobrega gave the Saints an early lead, tallying his second goal of the day. Goshen tied the game with 3 minutes left, putting the Saints on edge. The game looked as though it would end in a tie, but Nobrega came up with the game winner with 32 seconds remaining.
The Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University were the fourth and final opponent for the Saints. Hoping to finish the day on a high note, the Saints came out firing on all cylinders with Sergio Del Campo and Dan Hatfield coming close to early goals. The Saints took the lead with a goal by David Bodien effortlessly back-heeling the ball between the Cornerstone goalie's legs. The Golden Eagles tied it up at 1, but goals from Nino Gallegos and Romulo Nobrega sealed the win in convincing fashion. The Saints finished the day in second place, 3 points behind Bethel College who finished the day with 3 wins and 1 tie.
The Saints look to continue their success this Saturday (February 7th) in the Hope Futsal Tournament at the Pfeil Center on the Campus of Holy Cross.