(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Saints men's soccer team opened up the regular season Wednesday night with a 13-0 victory over the Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders. Freshmen Troy Padgett (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) led the Saints with 3 goals and an assist for 7 points on the night.
First year Saints head coach Omar Gallo opened up his head coaching career with an impressive win over the Crusaders. "I thought the game went extremely well," said coach Omar. "We faced this program four years ago and managed to pull out a 3-2 victory. The performance we put on the field tonight shows just how far the program has come over the last several years."
The Saints were able to get off to a fast start with a goal by junior Farkhod Kurbonov (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) in the 2nd minute of action. Troy Padgett chipped in with 3 of the first half 9 goals, along with an assist, giving him 7 points for the game, all coming in the first 45 minutes. The 7 points by Padgett set the single game scoring record for Holy Cross men's soccer.
The second half reaped similar rewards for the Saints, as they once again dominated the pace of the game. "I was most pleased with how we were able to control the offensive flow the entire game," said coach Omar. "It was great to see us come out scoring goals, but to see the patience the players demonstrated throughout the game showed the type of offense we are capable of producing this year. We were able to get a lot of players involved, and that added depth is really going to help us over the course of the season."
Over the course of the match, the Saints were able to outshoot the Crusaders by a total of 52-1, with 32 of those shots being on net.
Wednesday's match was the first home match for the men's team at the newly built field on the Holy Cross Campus. "The fan support we had was unbelievable," said coach Omar. "I really feel that our guys strived off the support of everyone who came out to support us. We're very thankful we get to play our home matches in the convenience of our own backyard where our fans and student body can come out and watch us play."
The Saints will head to Marian, Indiana this weekend for the Indiana Wesleyan tournament. Over the course of the weekend the Saints will face 20th ranked Taylor University on Friday, and tournament host Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday. The Saints will then return home on Tuesday, September 11th at 5:00pm EST for a match against Andrews University.
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