Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team kicked off the 2013 season with a home matchup against the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville. After their most successful season in program history in 2012, where they won a program-best nine games, the Saints looked to continue their rise and open up 2013 on a positive note; they did just that with a 3-1 victory over the Lynx.
"It was good to be back on the field with our team," stated head coach Omar Gallo. "The game was very physical, but I was proud of our guys for keeping their cool and not taking any silly cards to put us in jeopardy. There are plenty of things we still need to work on, but for a season opener I was pleased with our effort."
With a number of new faces in the starting lineup, including a freshman goalkeeper, the Saints looked very controlled in the opening minutes of the game.
Iain McTurk (Copenhagen, Denmark) made a number of big saves early in the half to keep the Lynx off the scoreboard.
The last five minutes of the first half was when the Saints offense began to click.
Just three minutes later we had our second first career goal; Alhaji Kamara (Lisle, Ill.) took the pass from Jacob Young all the way to the net to give the Saints a late second half goal and a 2-0 lead.
The Saints took the 2-0 lead to the break.
The late first half surge by the Saints continued in the early stages of the second half after sophomore Alfredo Molestina (Guayaquil, Ecuador) netted a goal off a feed from senior captain Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) to make it a 3-0 Saints lead. Molestina's goal was also his first career goal for the Saints.
Lindenwood answered with a goal of their own in the 65th minute; this, however, would be as close as the Lynx would get to the Saints as they would hold on to win 3-1.
"It was great to see some of our guys out there who have been out for a few weeks," continued Gallo. "Our guys felt motivated to get a win after seeing our women's team great victory, so we have to give them credit as well. It's great to see such a great start for both teams.
"Today was also one of the largest crowds we've ever had since I've been here. It was great seeing tons of Saints fans out cheering both teams on. The players definitely feed off the energy and support of the fans. It was a great day to be a Saints fan!"
The Saints improve to 1-0 on the season and will continue their 2013 season in the Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) tournament beginning on September 6th where they will face the the tournament hosts Mount Vernon Nazarene. Following the match with Mount Vernon, the Saints will close out the tournament against Georgetown (Ky.) College on September 7th.