October 10, 2009

Men's Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision To Bucknell

LEWISBURG, PA. - Bucknell's offense dominated for 18 shots, with 16 taken in the second half, as the Holy Cross men's soccer team was shut out for the seventh time this season, 1-0, at Emmitt Field Saturday. Holy Cross now holds a 3-8 overall record and is 1-2 in the Patriot League while Bucknell ends the game with a 9-3 record and is 2-1 in the league.

With only two shots made in the entire first half, Bucknell made one count for the game's only goal in the 36th minute. Freshman CK Kumah shot from the left side about 25 yards out to get one past Holy Cross goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.), assisted by sophomore Luke Joyner. The Crusaders ended the half with six shots with five coming from different players.

The rest of the game was a goaltender contest as both goalies combined for 10 saves on the day, five a-piece, and allowed no scoring in the second half. Bison sophomore Tom Caso and Booth each saw five and six shots-on-goal respectively, with Caso taking the win and registering his sixth shut out of the season. In the game, Bucknell finished with the 18-13 shots advantage and took eight corner kicks next to Holy Cross' one corner.

Junior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) led the Holy Cross offense with five shots taken, three on-goal. Fellow junior Matt Beckley (Congers, N.Y.) marked two shots for his season-high, second most on the team. Three Bucknell players tallied four shots each for their team-high.

"Full credit to Bucknell, they were a good team and finished their chances," said head coach Ted Priestly. "With that said, I feel as though we should have taken something from the game.  A loss is a loss, 1-0 or not. We have to take care of the little details that add up to wins. I know we have better soccer ahead of us and we need to make sure that we bring our best to the next game."

Holy Cross will have the week to practice before taking on Lehigh at home this Saturday, Oct. 17. The game will be the team's fourth home game under the lights  as start time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.