September 15, 2009

Men's Soccer Earns First Win, 2-1, Against Northeastern

BOSTON, Mass. - Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) broke his scoreless streak with his first goal of the season, helping the Holy Cross men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Northeastern on Tuesday afternoon. With the final, the Crusaders now enter the win column at 1-3 on the season as the Huskies fall to 1-3.

"Our team showed a tremendous amount of character by finding a way to win on the road against a good Northeastern team today," said heach coach Ted Priestly. "Still, we've got a lot of work to do. But a win over a good team on the road was just what the doctor ordered."

Miller's goal came in the 33rd minute of the first period as he rebounded a ball, dribbled and shot within the eight, unassisted. The rest of the half was an offensive battle as both teams totaled 10 shots.

With Holy Cross leading 1-0 at the start of the second half, Northeastern came back to tie the game at 1-1 as a defensive miscue allowed the Huskies' Nick Lueders to score unassisted for his first goal of the season. A minute later, at 58:03, junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.), who came into the game with 13 shots but no goals, broke his scoreless streak on an open shot from the 18, unassisted, to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

"You won't see many goals better than the one that Jonathan Werth scored to win this game," said Priestly. "He expects a lot of himself, and I'm sure that he was pleased that a goal of that caliber gave us the win."

The rest of the game was a great defensive effort, as goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) tied his season high with eight saves, five coming in the second half. In the game, Northeastern totaled 21 shots next to the Crusaders seven. Northeastern also tallied nine corner kicks on the day while Holy Cross had two.  

Holy Cross will play its fifth game of the season against Sacred Heart on Saturday, Sept. 19. The game will be played at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass. beginning at 3:00 p.m.