EASTON, Pa. – The Holy Cross men's soccer team could not avenge two goals scored in the first half as it was shut out 3-0 against Lafayette in the opening game of Patriot League competition at Oaks Stadium. With the decision, the Crusaders collect a record of 2-4-1 (0-1 PL) on the season while the Leopards register a 4-2-2 (1-0 PL) record. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) would put together the most offense for the squad, tallying a team-high two shots in all.
Lafayette came through for the first goal in the game at the 26:14 mark as Kyle Scharfenberg headed a free kick in. Justin Kamine and Jeff McLaughlin picked up the assist. Exactly five minutes later, Seth Feldbaum notched the Leopards' second goal from the top of the box, assisted by Josh Brown and Sean Peckham. Lafayette controlled the ball through most of the first half, collecting seven shots compared to Holy Cross' four shot attempts. Two of the Crusaders' shots came on-goal, but were saved by Lafayette goalie Andrew Pianko. At the end of the first 45 minutes, Holy Cross found itself down 2-0.
Holy Cross could not pick up the offensive pace in the second half, as Lafayette continued to pressure the Crusaders' defense, making an additional four shots in the game. The Leopards found the back of the net for the third and final time at 83:49 as Scharfenberg netted his second goal of the game, assisted by Stephen Macurdy who split the Holy Cross defenders to find Scarfenberg in the box. The Crusaders would make three shots in the second stanza but came up empty as Pianko made two more saves to maintain his team's shut out.
In all, Holy Cross made seven shots, four on-goal and had two corner kicks. Lafayette mounted 11 shots, five on-goal and had nine corner kick attempts. Sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) made two saves in the contest while Pianko finished with four saves. A total of six players made shots for the Crusaders. Along with Werth's two efforts, senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.), juniors Jordan Michael (Burnaby, British Columbia), Joey Curran (Salem, Va.), Vincent Garofalo (Glenwood, Md.) and freshman Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) had one shot apiece.
Holy Cross will play against Albany in a mid-week contest next. The game will be held at Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, Sept. 29 beginning at 4:00 p.m.