10/05/2013 – The men's soccer team lost a hard fought, double overtime battle to Madonna 2-1. The victory improved the Crusaders record to 5-5 on the season and to 3-2 in the WHAC, while the Saints fell to 10-2 overall and to 2-2 in league play. The Saints are currently in sixth place in the WHAC standings.
After a scoreless first half the Saints drew the first goal at the 57:23 mark. A converted penalty kick by Michael Gagnon (his third of the season) gave the Saints the advantage against their hosts from Livonia. Brandon Hess evened the match at one when his shot sailed over top of Saints goalie, Craig Demshuk. Hess's first goal of the season was assisted on by Matteo Barsalona and Joey Krizanek. The two teams played out the final 14 minutes with neither team locating the go-ahead goal.
The first overtime came and went with the score still deadlocked at one. The game seemed destined for a tie as the second overtime's clock ticked down as well until Madonna converted a shot with 42 seconds to play. Nick Peper delivered the game winner for the Crusaders.
Craig Demshuk was credited with three saves in the defeat, while his counterpart, Marcel Schmid, saved two balls. The Saints were outshot to the tune of 22-5.
Aquinas will return to action on Wednesday when they travel across town to play the Panthers of Davenport (11-2, 5-0 WHAC) at 7 p.m.