(Deerfield, Ill.)The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team won their first road game of the season and second straight CCAC match Saturday afternoon against the Trojans of Trinity International University.
After four failed attempts at securing a road victory this season, the Saints were able to hold on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 win.
An early 1st half goal from standout freshmen Troy Padgett (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) in the 10th minute was all the Saints needed in Saturday's victory. The goal for Padgett was his team high 10th of the year, and 2nd game winning goal in as many games. Thomas Hendzel (Lisle, Ill.) and Eduardo Berruezo (Madrid, Spain) paved way for Padgett's goal and were each credited with an assist.
The early 1-0 lead was familiar territory for the Saints on the road, but this time they were able to hold the lead until the final whistle blew with a big help from freshmen goalkeeper Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.). Navarro stopped all 4 shots on goal he faced, and none came at a bigger moment than in the final minutes where his big save had his head coach impressed.
"Victor came up huge for us once again," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "His final save was the biggest of his young career, and one of the best I've seen in my three years here."
The first road win for the Saints comes at a great time as they look to continue conference play at home on Wednesday, October 3rd against the University of Saint Francis.
"I'm extremely proud of how hard the guys fought today," said coach Gallo. "We've had some tough breaks go our way on the road this year, and finally getting this win is huge for us moving forward. This is the first time in our programs history that we've won back to back conference games. The fight the guys displayed today was very impressive; they really wanted to get this win. We will continue to prepare in the coming days, and hope to have this confidence they've been playing with carry over to our next match against Saint Francis."
The win for the Saints brings their season record to 5-4 (2-1 CCAC). They will look to continue their winning streak at home next Wednesday at 5:00pm EST.
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