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2013-09-24 Holy Cross hands ONU loss in first game in conference play
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Sophomore Richard Paret scored his first goal of 2013 against Holy Cross

Holy Cross hands ONU loss in first game of conference play

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After a tough nonconference schedule, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team was anxious to get into CCAC action. The Tigers had a conference tournament title to defend, and the regular season started with a road match against Holy Cross College (Ind.) on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Saints handed the Tigers a 2-1 loss after scoring early and finishing the game with a goal in the last five minutes to win.

Holy Cross (5-2, 1-0) didn’t waste any time as Eduardo Berruezo scored off a corner kick in the eighth minute of the game. The ball deflected off a defender and gave the Saints an early 1-0 lead. The rest of the first half was not without action as both teams tried to find the back of the net. ONU (3-3-1, 0-1) had nine shots, and Holy Cross had four, but neither scored.

The game remained in the Saints’ favor throughout the beginning of the second half as Holy Cross kept Olivet from tying the game until the 62nd minute when sophomore Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) scored his first goal of the year to tie the game. Olivet tried to use momentum in their favor the rest of the half as they totaled 10 shots, but Holy Cross had nine. In the 86th minute, one found the net. Garbhan Grant scored on an assist from Niko Jelicic to give the Saints a late lead.

The game was played very clean, even though both teams rank in the top three in the conference in fouls per game. Each team had 11 fouls to finish the game, and only one card was handed out.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded two saves in the Tigers’ conference opener. The Saints goalie Iain McTurk put together a nice game, allowing only one goal with seven saves to his credit. The Tigers again won the shot battle with 19 to the Saints 13 and had eight on goal, led by Aaron Chatfield’s (Petoskey, Mich.) three.

ONU will be back in action on Saturday, September 28, on the road against CCAC opponent Judson University College (lll.) at 1 p.m.