Sports Information Director
Huntington, IND. -- A fast start on the road from the Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team on Thursday evening helped set the tone against the Huntington University Foresters. Four different players scored goals, including career firsts from players, en route to the Saints 4-2 road victory. The Saints now sit at 3-1 on the year.
"I was very impressed with how we started the game," said Saints coach Omar Gallo. "We wanted to come out and set the tone from the very whistle, and I felt we did a great job executing the game plan."
The Saints were quick to strike on Thursday after junior Austin Haire (Porter, Ind.) buried his first career goal for the Saints off of the feed from fellow junior Eduardo Berruezo (Madrid, Spain) to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
The impressive two-way play continued to hold strong in the first half after sophomore Troy Padgett (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) finished off an Eduardo Berruezo cross to the net with a header, giving Padgett his first goal of the season and Berruezo his second assist of the game.
This aggressive attack in the first half, however, was not quite finished yet.
With a 2-0 lead in hand, senior captain Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) notched his first goal of the year to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Saints took a comfortable 3-0 lead to the break.
"The first half was the best soccer we've played all year," continued Gallo. "The guys were executing their assignments, generating and finishing their scoring opportunities."
Huntington began to find their groove in the beginning of the second half as they had begun to control the tempo of the game.
A foul inside the box by the Saints gave the Foresters their best scoring opportunity with a penalty kick at the 75th minute. James Handtke delivered the goal for Huntington and cut the Saints lead to 3-1.
The Saints, however, were quick to respond. Freshman Anesu Tabengwa (St. Andrews, Scotland) finished off a pass from junior Ryongmyeong Cho (Seoul, South Korea) to answer the goal by the Foresters and make it a 4-1 game in the 78th minute. The goal was the first career for Tabengwa.
With the game nearly finished, the Foresters found the net one final time with eight seconds to play. The game ended as a 4-2 Saints victory.
Iain McTurk picked up his second win of the year and improved to 2-1. He finished the game with three saves.
"There were a lot of positives from this game," continued Gallo. "However, I felt we let an easy goal in at the end. We accomplished what we set out to do in getting a road win against a tough team. Now we just need to continue to work towards finishing strong, no matter the score. Overall, I'm proud of the guys. Everyone contributed on the field and we came out with the victory.
"We will enjoy the win for 24 hours and turn our focus towards Moody Bible."
The Saints (3-1) will resume action on Saturday, September 14th at home against the Moody Bible Institute. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m.