Men's Soccer Falls To Sacred Heart, 1-0, In Season Opener

Steven Stefanak

FAIRFIELD, Conn. It took over 77 minutes of scoreless play, but the Holy Cross men's soccer team could not maintain the shutout against Sacred Heart as the Crusaders fell, 1-0, at Campus Field Wednesday evening. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 0-1 to open up the 2010 season while Sacred Heart earns its first win, going to 1-0. Senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) tied the team high with three shots, also taking the lone shot on-goal.

The game's lone goal came at 77:03 from Sacred Heart's Marcello Castro, assisted by Justin Brewer. Sacred Heart also held the advantage in overall shots throughout the contest, compiling 17 shots next to the Crusaders' nine. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) added three shots to tie Van Grinsven's high while fellow senior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.), sophomore Steven Stefanak (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) had one shot a piece.

Sophomore Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.), making his career debut in the net for the Crusaders, made five saves in the loss. Sacred Heart's Alex Fait made one save in his team's win. Holy Cross controlled the corner kicks, making seven attempts next to the Pioneers' six kicks.

Tensions ran high throughout the match as a total of 25 fouls were called in the game, 16 coming from the Holy Cross side. Five yellow cards were also given out, as three Crusaders picked up warnings.

Holy Cross will play another game under the lights next as they take on Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played on Burnham Field, in Hanover, N.H., home of the Big Green.