Men's Soccer Continues Homestand Against Albany And Colgate

Joe Whittaker

Overall Record: 1-6 (0-1 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: #19 Boston University, 2, Holy Cross, 0, Boston, Mass. 9/23
Lafayette 1, Holy Cross 0 (2OT), Worcester, Mass., 9/26
Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 29 vs. Albany, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Colgate, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will continue a three-game home-stand on Tuesday, Sept. 29 when they take on non-league opponent Albany. The game marks the third night game this season as game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass. The two teams last played in 2005, in Worcester. The offense overwhelmed the Great Danes as Holy Cross earned a 2-0 victory totaling 17 shots, 10 on goal.
  • Holy Cross will then take on its second Patriot League opponent in its first October match-up, Saturday, Oct. 3 against Colgate. The game follows suit with last Saturday as the game is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start time at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Currently, Colgate owns a 4-3 record, having lost to its first Patriot League opponent, Lehigh, on Saturday, Sept. 26 by a score of 2-1. Last year, Holy Cross won the regular season game against the Raiders, 1-0, on a goal by junior Matt Beckley (Congers, N.Y) in the 62nd minute. Colgate got its revenge, however, as they topped the Crusaders 2-1 in the Patriot League Championship game.
  • It will be a tale of two offenses on Saturday as Colgate currently leads the Patriot League with 123 shots taken (first) while Holy Cross has tallied 62 shots (eighth). Colgate also ranks second with 1.57 goals-per-game next to Holy Cross, who ranks seventh with 0.43 goals-per-game. Three players in Saturday's match-up rank sixth in the league in shots per game (2.71). Holy Cross juniors Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) and Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) and Colgate's Shane Conlin are all tied-up with 19 shots taken this season.
  • Holy Cross has been shut out in five of seven contests so far this season, scoring just three goals. This is the worst offensive start for the team in over 10 years. In 1998, the Crusaders were shut out in four of their first seven games, tallying two wins overall. That team went on to place third in the Patriot League and notched a season record of 5-11-1.
  • Head coach Ted Priestly tried to work his entire team into the last two games, as three players earned their first starts of the season. Sophomore Ryan Hall (Dallas, Texas) saw the first start of his career on defense against Boston University last Wednesday. In the same game, juniors Paul Tearson (Austin, Texas) and Philippe Candido (Lowell, Mass.) also tallied their first starts of the season.