ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Holy Cross men's soccer team earned a crucial corner kick opportunity in the 98th minute to set-up a game winning opportunity, scoring at 98:35 to earn a 1-0 victory over Navy at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility Sunday. With the win, Holy Cross registers a 4-10 overall record and is 2-3 in the Patriot League, while Navy goes to an even 8-8, falling to 2-3 in the league.
Junior defender Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) set up the Holy Cross corner kick at 98:35, putting the ball in play to a flurry of Holy Cross players who used an entire team effort to record the team's first own goal of the season, lifting the Crusaders to the final 1-0 overtime victory over the Midshipmen. The goal was the eighth goal for the team this season and also ended an overtime scoring drought, dating back to the double overtime loss against Central Connecticut in early September.
Neither team notched a score in the first half as Holy Cross tallied five shots, three coming on-goal, while Navy recorded four shots. Junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) led the offense with two shots, one on-goal. The second half remained a stalemate, with Navy finding more opportunities to score, putting up an 8-2 shots performance. Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) answered the offensive front with two saves while the team combined for two additional saves.
At the end of regulation, Navy led with a 12-7 shots advantage and tallied four corner kicks while Holy Cross had one. It was the Crusader's second corner kick in overtime that allowed the team to pick up their fourth win of the season after neither team registered a shot in the last eight minutes of play. Three players finished with a team-high two shots, one on-goal for Holy Cross but it was the overall team effort that allowed the team to come home with a victory. Booth also recorded his third shut out of the season.
Holy Cross will play in its final home game next, hosting American on Saturday, Oct. 31. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.