Crusaders Set To Begin 2009 Campaign On Saturday, Sept. 5

Matt Beckley

Overall Record: 0-0 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 0-0

Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 5 at Providence, Providence, R.I., 4:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team kicks off the 2009 campaign on the road against Providence on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders tied the Friars 1-1 at home last season. Junior Tom Wilhelm (Oceanside, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal in the 83rd minute to send the game into overtime. Providence has a 2-0-1advantage over the Crusaders over the past four seasons.
  • The Crusaders return 21 letterwinners from last year's squad and welcome four newcomers. Tri-captains Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.), Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) and Peter Siclari (Providence, R.I.) look to lead their team to a successful season.  Both Booth and Miller started in every contest last year, while Siclari brings a key defensive element to the team. Miller, voted the 2009 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, looks to command the offensive attack. Last year he led all Crusader scorers with nine goals for 18 points. Booth will remain the team's number one goalkeeper as he allowed just 16 goals in 2008, ranking him second on the Holy Cross single-season record list.
  • Junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) returns to lead the Crusaders in the midfield. Werth ended last year tied for second the team with two goals and three assists. Junior Matt Beckley (Congers, N.Y.) and sophomore Tony Rosales (Aurora, Colo.) also look to score valuable points for the team. Returning as top defenders are sophomore Joe Whittaker (Dallas, Texas) and junior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) who combined for 35 starts last season.
  • First-year head coach Ted Priestly will kick off his Holy Cross coaching career on Saturday. Preistly came to the Crusaders from UMass-Lowell, where he served as the head men's soccer coach from 1997-2008. He posted an overall record of 131-76-28 during his 12 seasons with the River Hawks, with his team posting a winning record in each of the last 10 years. Priestly also led UMass-Lowell to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a pair of appearances in the national quarterfinals.