The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's soccer team closed out a tough season-opening three-game road trip with a 4-0 loss at Holy Family University. The Spartans dropped to 1-2 on the season, with Holy Family improving to 1-1 overall.
STAC opened the season on Thursday with an overtime loss at Stonehill before rebounding to capture an OT win at St. Anselm on Saturday. Playing their third game in five days to enter the season, the Spartans held an early edge in shots but the rewards on the scoreboard went to the hosts. Matt Tracey scored at the 17:25 mark to put the Tigers ahead, and Sean McCormick added an insurance goal will less than two minutes before the break, even though STAC owned an 11-5 shots advantage.
After halftime, the game carried on the same pattern with the Spartans taking the shots edge, only to see Tracey's second of the game make the score 3-0 at 69:37. With STAC continuing to press forward in the last minutes, Mike Smith finished the scoring at 86:14 to provide Holy Family's final margin.
The Spartans now return home to play six of their next seven at Spartan Field, starting with their Home Opener against American Internation on Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 pm. One week later, Daemen pays a visit to start the East Coast Conference schedule with a 2:00 pm kick on Saturday, September 16.