EVANSTON, Ill. – Sophomore Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) made four crucial saves in a game that was controlled offensively by Northwestern, giving his team the defensive spark they needed, as the Holy Cross men's soccer team escaped with a 1-0 win against the Lakeside Classic host in the final day of tournament action. With the decision, the Crusaders collect a record of 2-3-1 on the season while the Wildcats move to a 3-3 record. A Northwestern miscue early in the second half gave the Crusaders the go-ahead goal, leading to the game-winning decision.
Neither team was able to tally a score throughout the first 45 minutes, as Polanik made two big saves on Northwestern's six total shot attempts. The Crusaders were outshot 6-2 in the first half, with both of their shots coming on-goal. Wildcat goalie Drew Kotler made two saves in the half as well.
The Wildcats defensive miscue came at the 60:08 mark of the second half, as a cross was put in off a their own defender, giving Holy Cross the 1-0 advantage. The Crusaders were unable to get a shot off in the second half, compared to 12 shots taken by Northwestern. Polanik collected two more saves to pick up his third shutout of the season.
Northwestern had the final shots advantage, collecting 18 next to Holy Cross' two shots. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) and freshman Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) tabbed the team's shot attempts. Polanik finished with the four saves and the shut out while Kotler made two saves in the loss.
The Wildcats also held the edge in corner kicks, recording 10 opportunities next to Holy Cross' three chances. A total of 12 fouls were called in the contest as well. Holy Cross also had three players named to the Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team. Polanik and seniors Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) and Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) were all chosen for their performances over the two days.
Holy Cross will open Patriot League competition next, traveling to Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 25. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium in Easton, Pa.