November 3, 2009

Men's Soccer Season Comes Down To The Wire

Overall Record: 5-10 (3-3 PL); Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 2, American 0 Worcester, Mass., 10/31
Schedule: Saturday, Nov. 7 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 5:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will round out its regular season on the road against Patriot League opponent Army on Saturday, Nov. 7. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Clinton Field in West Point, N.Y. Army is currently winless in league play, placing last in the standings. Holy Cross' 3-3 league record puts it in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league with Lafayette and Colgate. A victory over Army and a loss or tie by either Lafayette or Lehigh would guarantee the Crusaders a tournament spot. Only American and Bucknell have clinched Patriot League tournament bids thus far, as the final tournament field will not be set until the end of this week's action.
  • The Black Knights have won just one contest this season, posting an overall record of 1-13-1. They are 1-4-1 at home and have scored a total of eight goals. Holy Cross enters the contest with a 2-5 road record and after scoring twice this past weekend, has 10 goals registered. Army has combined for 170 shots, 58 coming on-goal for a 0.53 goals-per-game average. Holy Cross has 126 shots, 55 on-goal and average 0.67 goals-per-game.
  • Holy Cross has won four of the last six contests against the Black Knights, outscoring them 9-7. Last season, Holy Cross earned a 3-1 home victory behind junior Kyle Miller's (Woodbury, N.J.) two goals. Senior goalkeeper David LeBar (Winter Springs, Fla.), who was honored along with the other four seniors for their four years of service to the team this past Saturday, made his season debut, playing 13 minutes in the net.
  • Miller ended a 10-game scoring drought against American on Saturday. He now has two goals on the season and leads the team for the second straight season on offense with five points. Fellow junior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) had a career day against the Eagles as he scored his first points in a Crusaders uniform. His goal was the first for him in three years and earned Patriot League Defender of the Week honors. His goal was the game-winner, propelling the team to a 2-0 victory over American, who had been undefeated in league play.
  • Freshman Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) became the second newcomer to earn points for the team this season. McCann assisted on Miller's goal to earn his first-career point. He joins fellow freshman Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.), who scored two goals earlier this season. McCann also leads the freshman class with 12 shots taken so far this season.