Sports Information Director
Holy Cross (6-4, 2-2 CCAC)
vs. Illinois Tech. (4-3-3, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 12--2:30 p.m.
Ganger Field (Notre Dame, Ind.)
This Week in Saints Soccer: The Saints return home this week for their final non-conference matchup of the 2013 season against former CCAC member Illinois Tech. The Scarlet Hawks have left the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) this season and are currently provisional members in the NCAA Division III.
Following Live: Although there will be no live audio, video or stats this weekend, you can follow the Saints on Twitter for updates throughout the game. The Twitter handle is @hocrosaints.
Recapping Last Week: The Saints wrapped up a tough conference weekend on Sunday at Cardinal Stritch University where the Saints fell to the Wolves 2-1 in overtime. Sophomore Alfredo Molestina scored his second goal of the season early in the second half to tie things at 1-1. In the overtime period, it was all Cardinal Stritch who controlled the flow of the game, outshooting the Saints 2-0 in the period and netting the game-winning goal right at the end of the first overtime session. Along with the Saints tough 4-0 loss earlier in the week at Calumet St. Joseph, the Saints have now dropped back-to-back conference games.
Head Coach Omar Gallo: In his second season as the Saints head coach, Omar Gallo holds a career record of 15-10-3. Currently, the Saints are off to a 6-4 start, matching their best 10-game start in program history. Under Gallo's guidance, the Saints made their first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play-off berth and won a program-best nine games in 2012.
Series Notes: Saturday's meeting with the Scarlet Hawks will be the fifth all-time between the two programs. In the previous four games, the Scarlett Hawks hold a 4-0 advantage. The teams last met on Sep. 22, 2012 in Chicago, Ill. where the Scarlet Hawks defeated the Saints 3-2 in overtime after Liam Barrett, the 2012 CCAC Player of the Year, netted the game-winner on a penalty kick.
Captains Named: For the second consecutive season, the Saints will go with the tri-captains of seniors Niko Jelicic and Garbhan Grant, along with junior Alex Clarke. All three men's soccer players are the first two-time captains in program history.
Scouting Illinois Tech: The Scarlet Hawks most recently took down fellow CCAC opponenet St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday by a score of 2-1. In four games away from their home field, Tech has yet to lose a contest. They currently sit at 2-0-2 on the road. Roman Zwarycz leads the Scarlet Hawks in goals (4) and is second in points (9) through ten games. In nine games this season, Brandon Ramierez has tallied a team-best four assists to go along with his three goals; he currently leads Tech with 10 points. Both goalkeepers for Tech have seen equal time this year: Eujin Yang checks in with a 3-2-1 record while allowing 1.54 goals against; Bart Grabowski stands at 1-1-2 on the year with a 2.80 goals against average. Yang is the only one of the two who has recorded a shutout this season.
There's No Place Like Home: The Saints have played their best soccer during the 2013 season when at their home field. In three home games this season, the Saints have ourscored their opponents 6-1. They will look to get back on track this weekend after their brief two-game road trip where they dropped both games and were outscored 6-1.
McTurk Well Beyond his Years: Freshman goalkeeper Iain McTurk has taken the starting position by storm this season. Despite being one of the new and inexperienced players, McTurk has become a vocal leader in goal and garnered the respect of his peers and coaches; not to mention, his play has really spoen for itself so far this season. In eight starts this year, McTurk holds a record of 4-4 with a goals against average of 1.71 and one shutout.
Grant and McTurk Honored: Senior captain Garbahan Grant and freshman goalkeeper Iain McTurk became the first Saints men's soccer duo to sweep the offensive and defensive CCAC Players of the Week awards. For the week ending Sep. 29, Grant and McTurk helped guide the Saints to a 2-0 start in the conference season.
This and That: Garbhan Grant is three points away from tying Luis Delgado for the most points in a Saints soccer career at 39 ... Grant currently is the Saints all-time leader in assists with 14 ... Brian Aldrich is the first Saints goalie to not allow a goal in his first two games ... Omar Gallo is the only head coach in Saints soccer history to achieve 10 career wins; Gallo currently has 15 career wins in his brief stint as head coach.