WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's soccer team was held to just three shots and were shut out for the third-consecutive contest by the final score of 3-0 against Lehigh at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium Saturday. Holy Cross now holds a 3-9 overall record and is 1-3 in the Patriot League while Lehigh moves to 7-5-2 and is 2-2 in the league.
Lehigh struck first at the 19:40 mark when sophomore Daniel Odenwelder scored on a second chance attempt inside the eight. Lehigh combined for eight shots in the half and held Holy Cross to no shots. Crusader goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) tallied three saves.
The Mountain Hawks scored again in the 66th minute as senior defender James Graf scored unassisted for his second goal of the season. A Holy Cross penalty paced the insurance goal for Lehigh as a three pass set-up allowed sophomore Neal Melchionni to tally his first goal of the season at 79:42, assisted by seniors Adam Welch and Adam Gazda.
Leading the Crusaders was Booth, who finished the game with eight saves on 11 shots-on-goal. The Mountain Hawks combined for an additional eight shots in the second half to close out with the 16-3 shots advantage. Holy Cross earned two corner kicks in the match while Lehigh had none.
"Lehigh was better than us tonight," said head coach Ted Priestly. "But that's not an excuse to lose. We defended poorly and paid the price, it's as simple as that. We have to take that loss on the chin and move on to the next game. There are no shortcuts to improvement, so we've got to be willing to do the work and earn our success."
Holy Cross competes against its final non-conference opponent this Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Boston College Eagles come to town for the Crusaders' final night game, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.