HANOVER, N.H. – After a scoreless first half, the Dartmouth Big Green went on to outscore the Holy Cross men's soccer team, 4-1, at Burnham Field in Hanover, N.H. Saturday evening. With the losing decision, the Crusaders drop to 0-2 while the Big Green come out winners in their season opener, moving to 1-0. Freshman Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) highlighted the night, picking up his first collegiate goal for Holy Cross' only score.
With neither team able to break through for a goal in the first 45 minutes of play, Dartmouth would find the back of the net first, as Donnie Surdoval scored at 50:10, assisted by Lucky Mkosana. The Big Green went on to take a 3-0 advantage, picking up their next goals at the 60:15 and 68:44 marks. O'Connell then broke up the shutout at 74:23 as he and senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) volleyed the ball back and forth before a cross by Werth to the right side allowed O'Connell to tally the goal. Werth picked up his first assist of the season on the play.
Dartmouth put the game away at 87:11 as Maarten van Ess became the fourth Big Green player to score, assisted by Daniel Keat. With that final goal, Holy Cross would find itself out of luck, falling by the final score of 4-1. The Big Green outshot the Crusaders 19 to five in the contest as sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) saved six of the 10 Dartmouth shots on-goal. Big Green goalie Sean Donovan made two saves in his team's win.
O'Connell and fellow freshman Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) led Holy Cross with two shots taken each. Dartmouth also controlled the corner kicks, gaining six opportunities next to Holy Cross' two chances. A total of 19 fouls were called in the game, seven coming from Crusaders.
Holy Cross will return to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Classic next, held from Sept. 10-12. The Crusaders will first take on Stony Brook beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10.