WORCESTER, Mass. - In a game that saw 29 fouls and five yellow cards, the Sacred Heart Pioneers were able to score in the 53rd minute to top the Holy Cross men's soccer team 1-0 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 1-4 on the season while Sacred Heart moves to 2-1.
The game's lone goal came at 53:16 from Sacred Heart graduate student Norman Baer who volleyed a ball outside the six yard mark, assisted by junior midfielder Lusiano Dadrio. Although the Pioneers came away with the 1-0 victory, the total shots in the game were an even eight per-team. Leading the Crusaders was junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) who had two shots-on-goal. Junior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.) also registered shots-on-goal for Holy Cross.
Tensions grew between each team after a scoreless top half as 14 fouls were whistled in the first. Holy Cross tallied three shots in the half and two saves from senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.). Booth went on to finish the game with three saves.
The atmosphere did not lighten up as an additional 15 foul calls were made in the second half, seven against Sacred Heart and eight for Holy Cross. A total of four yellow cards were handed out in the second half as well, with one going to Sacred Heart head coach Joe Barroso.
"The bottom line is this: we all need to do a better job, starting with me," said head coach Ted Priestly. "It would be convenient for any of us to look at a loss and start pointing fingers, but that's not how we're built. I'm going to concentrate on doing a better job, and hopefully that reinforces a culture of accountability."
Holy Cross will play under the lights next as they take on Boston University Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played on Nickerson Field, in Boston, Mass., home to the Terriers.