Holy Cross Men's Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision To Providence In Season Opener

Thomas Booth

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -The Holy Cross men's soccer team fell against Providence 1-0 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. this afternoon. Senior team captain Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) tallied five saves in the loss.

Providence scored right out of the gate as Timothy Ritter knocked one past Booth at the 3:59 mark of the first half. The shot came on a cross from the right wing, then vollied in from 12 yards out. Marc Cintron picked up the assist. Defense ruled the rest of the game as Holy Cross allowed no goals on an additional 10 shots.

"We're not pleased with the result," said head coach Ted Priestly. "But we were pleased with our effort. Thomas Booth had a strong game in goal and Tom Van Grinsven was a rock in the center of defense. All things considered, there are lessons to be learned all around. Our players are hungry and coachable, and while this loss hurts, we will bounce back. We're looking forward to getting back to the drawing board and producing a better effort in our next game."

The Crusaders totaled eight shots over the two periods, three coming from junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.). Junior team captain Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) marked two more shots for the team while juniors Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill), Tom Wilhelm (Oceanside, N.Y.) and James Imbriani (Massepequa, N.Y.) each added one.

Holy Cross will look to even its record at home on Tuesday, Sept. 8 against Bryant. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.