September 29, 2010

Men's Soccer Tops Albany, 4-3, In Double Overtime Thriller

ALBANY, N.Y. – The senior class had their day as Jonathan Werth (University, Park, Md.) and Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) combined for three goals and an assist as the Holy Cross men's soccer team won out in a 4-3 double overtime win against Albany in non-conference action at Varsity Field. With the result, the Crusaders move to a record of 3-4-1 on the season while the Great Danes gather a 4-5 record. Werth was the deciding factor as he notched his second game-winning goal of the season in the second overtime to lead his team to victory.

The third Holy Cross shot of the game by Werth gave the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage at 17:13. Werth's second goal of the season came unassisted as he scored on a free kick from 30 yards out. Albany evened the score, 1-1, after the halftime break at 56:42, as Bo Jelovac knocked a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) from outside the box at the top corner of the net. Milos Jankovic tallied the assist. Offensive pressure remained as both teams combined for nine more shots by the midway point of the second half.

Van Grinsven then made his third shot of the game count, as he scored at 62:40 on another free kick to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. His goal was the first for him this season and second of his career. Holy Cross could not maintain the lead as Albany's Ian Peach put one through at 70:58, assisted by Jelovac. Six minutes later, freshman Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) knocked in the team's third goal of the game, scoring on a rebound on an open net. Werth took the original shot, tallying his fifth assist of the season. Albany would score one last time, however, at 85:32, to send the game into extra minutes with the score knotted at 3-3.

The game went into double overtime as neither team could find the back of the net in the first. At 103:21, Werth shot a rebounded ball from eight yards out past Albany goalie Adrian Foncette to boost the Crusaders to a 4-3 thrilling double overtime win on the road. Junior Jordan Michael (Burnaby, British Columbia) marked the assist, his first of the season.

In all, Holy Cross collected 17 shots, eight on-goal and had two corner kicks. Albany mounted 23 shots, 11 on-goal and had 10 corner kick attempts. Polanik made eight crucial saves in the contest while Foncette finished with four saves. A total of 16 fouls were called in the contest as well.

Holy Cross will play against league-foe Colgate next on Saturday, Oct. 2. The game will be held at Van Dorfen Field in Hamilton, N.Y., starting at 4:00 p.m.