Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints men's soccer team continued its strong play on Saturday afternoon while playing host to the Moody Bible Institute. After opening up the game with a 1-0 lead, the Saints scored two goals in the second half to pick up a 3-0 win. With the win, the Saints improve to 4-1 on the year and have now won three consecutive games.
"A good win for our boys," second year head coach Omar Gallo said. "The team is really starting to gel and they came out to ready to go. This has always been a tough game for our program as our senior class had never defeated them. We had a lot of guys play well and it's always good to get a victory on your home field."
The start of the game was all Holy Cross as the Saints controlled the offensive end and kept the ball on Moody Bible's side of the field.
Junior defenseman Eduardo Berruezo (Madrid, Spain) turned an early Moody Bible turnover into his second goal of the year after blasting in a shot over the goalkeeper reaching hand in just the third minute of action.
"Edy has done a great job and has been playing very consistent," continued Gallo. "He is making a name for himself at the right back position. It's great to see him in the attack, but remain smart enough to know when to stay back and defend."
The Saints defense played a very strong game in the beginning holding Moody Bible shot-less for the first 22 minutes.
With 45 minutes in the book, the Saints took a 1-0 lead to the break. The Saints also had a 15-6 shot advantage.
Similar to how the game started, the Saints were quick to strike early in the second half as TJ Hendzel (Lisle, Ill.) finished off a series off passes from captains Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) and Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland).
The continued to put pressure on Moody Bible with their two goal lead.
Freshman goalkeeper Brian Aldrich (Portage, Mich.) went on to stop all three shots he faced in the match and completed his second consecutive shutout. He's now improved to 2-0 on the year.
The win for the Saints was the first for coach Gallo and the current seniors.
"It was a great feeling to get our seniors this win," continued Gallo. "They've had our number in the past, so it was important for this group of seniors to go get that much deserved win. We will enjoy this win for 24 hours and then begin to prepare for by far our biggest non-conference matchup in school history against Bethel (Ind.) on Tuesday.
"The team is excited and ready to continue moving forward. If we continue to play the way we've been playing, I'm confident we will find success."
The Saints will resume action on Tuesday, September 17th for their final non-conference matchup of the year against the Pilots of Bethel College. This will be the first time in the history of the Saints soccer program that they will face the Pilots in the regular season.
The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Kroc Center in South Bend. Stay tuned to hcsaints.com this week for further updates on the upcoming match.