(Chicago, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team continued conference play over the weekend with a 1-1 double overtime draw with the 24th ranked Cougars of Saint Xavier University. This is the 2nd straight game the Saints have played a 110 minute double overtime match, and the 6th straight game they've recorded at least a point in conference play.
After an early goal in the 10th minute of action for the Cougars, the Saints were able to remain committed to their game plan and get the equalizer from freshman Connor Simpson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) in the 38th.
Simpson's goal late in the 1st half proved to be the final goal for either team as no one was able to net the game winner in either of the two overtime periods.
The Saints were outshot throughout the match 17-5, but of the 5 shots attempted, all were on net. The Cougars registered 4 shots on goal of the 17 attempted.
Saints goalkeeper, Victor Navarro (South Bend, Ind.), finished the game stopping 3 of the 4 shots faced over the course of the game. This is the 6th straight game that Navarro has not recorded a loss.
"I thought we came out a little flat during the first 20 minutes of action after getting down a goal early," stated Saints coach Omar Gallo. "The guys felt a sense of urgency getting down to a top 25 opponent early and were able to respond later in the half off a beautiful goal by Connor. I thought our back four played absolutely great and set the tempo for the remainder of the game."
The match with the Cougars was the 6th straight conference match that the Saints have recorded either a win or a draw.
"We obviously would have been happier with the win, but to be down1-0 early and play for a consecutive 110 minute game showed the determination and heart this team has," continued coach Omar. "Our upcoming game versus Cardinal Stritch can put us in a great position down the final stretch of the conference season. This is our most important game to date, and we look forward to the challenge the Wolves will gives us."
The Saints continue Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play at home on Wednesday afternoon against the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University. Kick-off is set for 4:30pm EST immediately following the women's soccer game.