(Bridgeview, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team continued its great play Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Lakers of Roosevelt University for their 4th straight CCAC win of the season. The win for the Saints brings their season record to 7-4-1 (4-1 CCAC).
The Saints started the game on a fast note as they were able to get 6 shots within the first 15 minutes of the opening kickoff.
In the 15th minute, sophomore Eduardo Berruezo (Madrid, Spain) recorded his first career goal for the Saints off a pass from Luis Delgado (Lexington, Ky.) which gave the Saints an early 1-0 lead.
The Saints took their early 1-0 lead to the half outshooting the Lakers by a margin of 9-1.
The second half of action proved to be much more balanced for both teams. Roosevelt was able to get some better chances, but the Saints ultimately were too much for the Lakers.
In the 60th minute, freshmen Connor Simpson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) gave the Saints a 2-0 lead off the assist from junior Captain Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia). The goal from Simpson gave the Saints a comfortable lead, as they were able to cruise to their new school record 7th win of the season.
"This was another big win on the road for the guy's which makes us believe we are truly making a statement," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "For us to win two conference matches in a row on the road, and four conference matches overall, is an enormous accomplishment for the program."
The four straight wins for the Saints soccer program is another school record that the team has been able to achieve so far in the 2012 season.
Freshmen goalkeeper Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.) recorded his third straight shutout, and fourth of the year in the win over the Lakers.
With coach Omar Gallo missing the game, assistant coach Kyle Zaber took over in his absence.
"It's really comforting to me to know that I have an assistant like coach Kyle to run the show if I'm unable to make a game," said coach Omar. "It really shows the type of respect the guys have for him, and his commitment to making the guys better. I couldn't be more grateful for all the work he and the players have put in to make this season as successful as it has been so far. We still have a long way to go to get to where we think we can be, but I know we will continue to work and play as hard as we can to achieve these goals we have set out for ourselves.
The win for the Saints puts them currently in 3rd place in the conference. They will pick up play on Tuesday, October 9th at home against Olivet Nazarene. Kick-off is set for 4:00pm EST.