Men's Soccer Aims For League Victory Under The Lights

Ryan O'Hanlon

Overall Record: 3-8 (1-2 PL); Last Week: 0-2

Scoreboard: No. 8 Harvard 2, Holy Cross 0, Cambridge, Mass. 10/7
Bucknell 1, Holy Cross 0, Lewisburg, Pa., 10/10

Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Lehigh, Worcester, Mass. 7:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team takes the school week off from games to practice and get ready for its fourth Patriot League opponent, Lehigh. The game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass. at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently 1-2 in games under the lights. Both teams currently hold a 1-2 record in league play this season as Lehigh lost against Navy in overtime, 2-1, at home this past weekend. The Mountain Hawks have won five of 10 night contests so far.
  • Saturday's opponent, Lehigh, has established itself as an offensive powerhouse this season, scoring a total of 17 goals and has a total of 139 shots. Fifty-six shots have been on-goal and they average 11 shots per-game. Leading their offense is senior Adam Welch, who has recorded three goals and four assists for a team-high 10 points. The team leads the league in points, goals, goals-per-game and assists per-game.
  • Last year, Holy Cross played to a 0-0 tie with Lehigh. Senior Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) made two saves in the game and junior captain Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) led the team with four shots. Miller currently leads the team with 27 shots this season. He has one goal in 11 contests, coming against Northeastern earlier this season.
  • Holy Cross was shut out for the sixth and seventh times this season after dropping two games last week. On the season, the Crusaders are averaging just 0.55 goals-per-game (six goals total) and only 95 shots with 41 of them coming as shots-on-goal. Opponents are doubling their averages as they have combined for 12 goals (1.09 goals-per-game) and 169 shots (65 on-goal).
  • In overall play this season, Holy Cross ranks at the bottom of the league in all offensive categories. On the up-side, Booth remains a rock in the goal for the Crusaders, who are ranked second in the league in goals allowed (1.12). Booth also ranks second individually in goals-against-average.