Crusaders Prepare To Host First Home Game On Wednesday

Jon Werth

MEN'S SOCCER
Overall Record: 3-5-1 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 4, Albany 3 (2OT), Albany, N.Y., 9/30
Colgate 1, Holy Cross 0, Hamilton, N.Y., 10/2
Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 6 vs. Harvard, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 vs. Bucknell, Worcester, Mass., 1:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team, after spending the last nine games traveling from Chicago to Pennsylvania, will open up at home on Wednesday, Oct. 6 against in-state rival Harvard. The team continues the two-game home stand on Saturday, Oct. 9 when it hosts Bucknell in its third Patriot League match of the season. Both games will be played at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively.
  • Harvard comes to Worcester owning a 3-3-3 record, collecting all three of its ties on the road. The Crimson last played Ivy League foe Yale, tallying a 1-0 victory for its first conference win of the season. The Crusaders and Crimson are neck-in-neck in the goals scoring category, as each team has recorded 10 goals thus far. Harvard holds a 102-68 shots edge. Holy Cross has won just one of the 12 all-time meetings, losing nine contests and drawing a tie in two. Head coach Ted Priestly is currently 0-1 when playing Harvard, as the team lost 2-0 on the road against the Crimson last season.
  • Holy Cross will then host its first Patriot League opponent on Saturday as the Bucknell Bison travel up from Pennsylvania. The Bison currently sit at 4-5 overall on the season and a 1-1 record in league play. They hold a two-game win streak after topping Drexel, 2-1, and blanking Navy, 2-0, last week. Holy Cross dropped a 1-0 decision to Bucknell on the road last season, but has a 9-8-3 edge in the all-time series. The teams went into doubles overtime the last time the Bison came to Worcester, as senior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal in 107th minute.
  • Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) broke out for a team-high five points in two games last week as he notched the team's first multi-goal game in the 4-3 double overtime win against Albany. He also recorded an assist in the game, bringing his season total to five. His five points last week also vaulted him to 11 points in all this season, which now ranks second in the Patriot League standings. He is also second in points per game (1.22) and first in assists (5).
  • Senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) continued to put up big numbers as he recorded his first goal of the season against Albany. The goal comes as just the second in his career, as he also recorded a career-high four shots take against Albany. Van Grinsven now has nine shots this season, which tops his career-high of eight shots taken last season. He is also a huge part of a defense that has recorded three shutouts, a .099 shot percentage and 1.56 goals per game.
  • Freshman Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.), who had been held scoreless in the four games prior, collected his third goal of the season against Albany. He now has three goals and an assist for seven points so far. He ranks second on the team in points and tied with Werth with three goals. The three goals also rank in a tie for sixth amongst league players.