(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross men's soccer team, without four starters including starting goalkeeper, defeated Andrews University tonight by a score of 7-3. Senior midfielder, Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.) led the Saints with 1 goal and 2 assists for 4 points on the evening.
The Saints entered tonight's match coming off a tough road series with Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University, where they let both games slip away in the final minutes of action. Prior to the match, the Saints record stood at (1-2-0) and they were looking to get back on the winning track.
"The guys knew we needed to get this win and get back on track," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "Coming off two tough losses like we did this weekend, it was important to not only start off fast, but to be consistent all 90 minutes."
Without freshmen goalkeeper Victor Navarro, the Saints turned to starting midfielder Eduardo Berruezo (Madrid, Spain) to mind the nets.
Berruezo finished the game with 7 saves, and most importantly recorded his first win as goalkeeper for the Saints.
Senior Luis Delgado go the Saints going early in the first half netting his 2nd goal of the year off the pass from junior defensemen Tj Hendzel (Lisle, Ill.). Connor Simpson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) followed up with a penalty kick goal at the 16 minute mark.
The Saints also received goals from Alex Clarke (Liverpool, England) and Tj Hendzel to give them 4 for the first half, and a two goal lead.
Holy Cross was able to continue to capitalize in the 2nd half as standout freshmen Troy Padgett (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) notched two more goals bringing his season total to 5. Finn Hartel (Uhingen, Germany) also netted his 3rd of the year in the 73rd minute to give the Saints their 7th of the game, and a cushioned lead to close out the game.
"I'm pleased with how the team fought to get this win tonight," said head coach Omar Gallo. "Coming off those two tough losses over the weekend, it feels good to get back in the win column. With 4 starters out, we had guys step in and fill that role. Now we must turn our focus to Marian this weekend, and hope we can build off of this win."
The Saints (2-2-0) will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend to take on the Knights of Marian University, and return home next Wednesday, September 19th at 4:00pm EST with a match against Huntington University.