October 27, 2009
Men's Soccer Plays In Must-Win League Game
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.).