September 26, 2009

Men's Soccer Loses Last Minute Heartbreaker, 1-0, Against Lafayette

WORCESTER, Mass. - In its first Patriot League match-up of the season, the Holy Cross men's soccer team dropped its second double-overtime game in the last minute, 1-0, against Lafayette Saturday. The loss drops the Crusaders to 1-6 on the season while Lafayette goes to 5-2-1.

The game's only goal, scored in the 110th minute, came from Lafayette junior B.J. Glenn who dribbled a ball past senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.), stemming from freshman Sean Peckham's long corner pass. The game was a match-up between the two top goalies in the league, as both Booth and Lafayette's Philip Nelson played intense all the way through, recording five saves off six shots-on-goal total.

The first half was a dead-even tie as neither team registered a goal and tallied five shots a-piece. Holy Cross saw three opportunities to score as junior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) led the team in the half with two shots, one on-goal, finishing the game with a season-high five shots.

The game's intensity did not subside in the second period as defensive efforts from both teams allowed just four shots in the second half. Lafayette saw four corner opportunities while Holy Cross had three, but nothing came out of it as the game headed into overtime with the 0-0 score.

The first overtime remained a defensive spectacle as each team registered just one shot each. It wasn't until the final minute of the second overtime that Lafayette saw its chance, earning the period's lone corner kick and burying the Crusaders by the final 1-0 score with just 44 seconds left to go. The final game statistics were about even, as Lafayette tallied 10 shots next to the Crusaders' nine shots. Lafayette also finished with the corner kicks advantage, 6-3.

The Crusaders will play in their second of three consecutive home games against Albany on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.