Men's Soccer Plays In Must-Win League Game

Matt Beckley

Overall Record: 4-10 (2-3 PL); Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard: Boston College 2, Holy Cross 1, Worcester, Mass., 10/21
Holy Cross 1, Navy 0, Annapolis, Md., 10/25
Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. American, Worcester, Mass., 2:00 p.m.

  •  The Holy Cross men's soccer team will host American in a must-win Patriot League game on Saturday, Oct. 31. After topping Navy this weekend, the Crusaders hold a 2-3 league record and will take on the top team in the league, the American Eagles who hold 4-0-1 record. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass. American is the only team that has clinched a berth into the Patriot League tournament with 13 points while Holy Cross mixed things up with its win this weekend and is currently in a three-way tie for fifth with six points.
  • American will play in a midweek match-up against non-conference opponent Georgetown away before traveling to Worcester. Holy Cross will use the week to practice and prepare for the weekend after hosting its final midweek game against Boston College last Wednesday. The Eagles have done well on the road thus far, registering a 4-1-1 away record. Holy Cross is looking to improve on its 2-5 home record. In the seven games, the Crusaders have tallied four goals and 59 shots, 23 of those shots on-goal. Opponents have scored eight goals and have taken 81 shots, 36 on-goal. The second half has been trouble for Holy Cross as six of the eight goals were scored in the closing period.
  • The Crusaders will look for revenge against American, who edged them by a 1-0 final score last season. With less than 25 minutes left in the game, at the 65:19 mark, American senior Dor Yasur kicked a shot from 35 yards out on the field, netting the ball in the upper right corner of the net for the game-winner. Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) made six saves in the game. The winner of this game will break a 3-3 tie that was recorded in the last six match-ups.
  • Booth recorded his third shutout of the season against Navy on Sunday and made 10 saves in two contests last week. To-date, he has made 69 saves and has a 1.17 goals-against-average. He ranks second in the league with 4.86 saves-per-game and fifth in goals-against-average. He also has 13 career shutouts, one away from tying Chris Murphy, who ranks second in the Holy Cross record books for career shutouts.
  • Holy Cross also ended its three-game scoring drought as junior Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) notched his second goal of the season against Boston College. He leads the team with 32 shots taken this season, which also places him 10th in the Patriot League ranks. He has 13 shots-on-goal for the team-high and his two goals tie for the team-high with freshman Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.).