CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) made seven saves on nine shots-on-goal attempts but it was not enough as the No.8-ranked Harvard Crimson topped the men's soccer team, 2-0, at Ohiri Field Wednesday. With the loss, Holy Cross now holds a 3-7 record while the Crimson go to 8-1 on the season.
Harvard struck first on a fast break opportunity set up by freshman Scott Prozeller and put in the net at 18:44 by sophomore Ben Tsuda. At 36:23, the Crimson earned a free kick opportunity, the first of the season allowed by Holy Cross. Senior Andre Akpan took the shot and Booth made a save on the original kick but couldn't cover the ball, allowing Akpan to shoot it again for the second goal of the game in the 36th minute. In the first half, Harvard held a 13-3 shots advantage while both teams registered two corner kick opportunities.
With Harvard up 2-0 to start the second half, Holy Cross found itself with a man down as junior James Imbriani (Massapequa, N.Y.) picked up the team's first red card of the season, coming at 60:41. The team stepped up to the challenge as they allowed just eight more shots to come through and keeping Harvard from notching another score. The Crusaders were unable to tally a point for themselves and the Harvard Crimson came away with the final 2-0 home victory.
Holy Cross finished with four shots total, two coming from junior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) to lead the team. Miller now has 22 shots on the season, second-highest on the roster. Booth, who recorded his second-consecutive seven-save game for the Crusaders now has 48 saves this season.
"We started the game well, in spite of the weather conditions," said head coach Ted Priestly. "Our problem was that we really didn't get enough going in transitions. We have to take this one on the chin and move on. Hopefully we learn from this, train well and return to our winning ways on Saturday."
Holy Cross will take on its third Patriot League opponent this weekend in a match-up with Bucknell on the road. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Emmitt Field in Lewisburg, Pa.