Sports Information Director
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The 2013 regular season came to an end on Tuesday evening as the Saints dropped the season finale to the Trinity International Trojans 1-0. Despite the loss, however, the Saints have clinched a spot in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Playoffs for the second consecutive year and will head to Roosevelt University on Saturday for the Quarterfinals.
"It's a very tough loss considering we could have finished in second place," head coach Omar Gallo said. "It was just one of those games where we came out flat. Moving forward we have to take a look at the positive things that happened this season and get ready for matchup with Roosevelt this weekend."
A scoreless first half had the Trojans controlling the majority of the possessions. Trinity went to the break with a 6-4 shot advantage in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Iain McTurk (Copenhagen, Denmark) stopped all three shots on net in the half.
The Trojans were able to control the tempo to start the second half and capitalized off of a cross into the box where Erik Yamane delivered a header for the first goal of the match. Holy Cross was now playing on their toes in search of the equalizing goals.
The Saints upped their shot total in the second half to nine but were unable to get a goal past Trojan goalkeeper Sean Avila, who finished the match with four saves.
Unable to net the tying goal in the final minutes, the Saints saw the regular season come to a close with a 1-0 loss to Trinity International and a home playoff game officially ruled out in the Quarterfinals.
Despite the loss, the Saints and head coach Omar Gallo conclude the regular season with program-bests in wins (12), conference wins (7) and points (21).
"It was a very strong regular season for our team," continued Gallo. "Now it's time for the guys to keep it up as we head to the playoffs."
Holy Cross (12-6, 7-4 CCAC) will head to Bridgeview, Ill. on Saturday Nov. 9 as the fifth seed and will take on the Roosevelt (12-5-1, 7-4 CCAC) Lakers, the fourth seed, in the first round of the CCAC Playoffs. Game time has not been officially announced but will posted once made readily available.