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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
The Observer

Saints fall to Huntington after tough second half

After winning back-to-back games and searching for a third straight win, things seemed to be going swimmingly yet again for the Holy Cross men’s soccer team early in their match against Huntington University on Saturday. In the 7th minute, Saints’ forward Kevin Vidana gave his team a 1-0 lead after scoring his first goal of the season, assisted by Gabe Nyenka.

This goal would account for the majority of the first-half action, however, as both sides only managed one shot on goal each for the remainder of the first 45 minutes, and the Saints took the one-goal lead into the half. 

The action would pick up not long after play resumed, as Huntington equalized on a goal from Manuel Dias in the 48th minute off of an assist from Dilesh Patel. Following a flurry of offensive chances on the other end of the pitch by Holy Cross, Huntington would regain control and find the back of the net again in the 60th minute, courtesy of a strike by Sam Dolobaipu and an assist from Manuel Dias. 

Despite being down, the Saints maintained control of the game as they continued to create offensive chances, including a shot on goal and a shot off the crossbar in the 64th minute. The Saints’ continued perseverance finally paid off in the 73rd minute when Vidana secured a brace with his second goal of the match thanks to an assist from Victor Sellu, bringing the score back to level at 2-2.

After briefly recapturing the momentum, the Saints would find themselves on their heels yet again when, in the 79th minute, Dilesh Patel put Huntington back on top, and for good this time. Unable to capitalize on two more shots on goal as well as two corner kick opportunities, the Saints eventually conceded another goal in the 90th minute, allowing Huntington to secure the win, 4-2, despite an impressive offensive night from Vidana.

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