September 22, 2009

Crusaders Look For More Scoring Against Boston University and Lafayette

Overall Record: 1-4 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 2, Northeastern 1, Boston, Mass., 9/15
Sacred Heart 1, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 9/19
Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Boston University, Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Lafayette, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will compete in its sixth game this season on Wednesday, Sept. 23 against its second Boston-based opponent, Boston University. The team will play in just the second night game of the season, with game time set for 7:00 p.m. at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. Boston University currently holds a 4-2-1 record, having beat two top-25 teams (#12 Connecticut and #1 St. John's) so far this season. This is the first meeting between the two squads in program history.
  • Holy Cross will then take on its first Patriot League opponent of the season at home. On Saturday, Sept. 26 the Crusaders will take on Lafayette at 3:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Lafayette Leopards were picked to finish third in the Patriot league preseason voting, while Holy Cross was tabbed fourth. The last time Holy Cross topped Lafayette was in 2002, when they out the Leopards 2-0. Since then, Lafayette holds a 4-0-2 record against the Crusaders.
  • Offensive production has been a problem for the Crusaders thus far. Currently on the season, Holy Cross has only recorded three goals and accumulated 48 shot attempts, an average of 9.6 shots-per-game. Opponents have tallied six goals and registered 69 shot attempts, 13.8 shots-per-game. Holy Cross also lags behind in the corner kicks battle, as opponents have marked 26 attempts next to the Crusaders' 16 tries.
  • Leading the team on offense is junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) who registered his first goal against Northeastern, which also came as the third game-winning goal of his career. In all, Werth has registered 17 shots, 10 of them shots-on-goal. His 17 shots rank fourth in the Patriot League.
  • Senior team captain and goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) has been the main force for the Crusaders behind the net. To date, Booth has made 26 saves, allowing six goals for a 1.15 goals-against average. His average ties for second in the Patriot League behind Lafayette's Philip Nelson (0.98 GAA). Booth also ranks second in the league in saves-per-game (5.20).