Men's Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision To Harvard In Home Opener

Steven Stefanak

WORCESTER, Mass. The Holy Cross men's soccer team collected six shots, three on-goal against Harvard, but could not rally past an early second half goal by the Crimson falling, 1-0, its first home game of the season under the lights at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the result, the Crusaders move to a record of 3-6-1 on the season while the Crimson improve to a 4-3-3 record. Freshman Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) led the squad with two shots taken.

The teams played a scoreless first half, collecting a total of six shots, three each. Freshman Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) notched the only shot on goal, saved by Harvard goalkeeper Brett Conrad.

Harvard then picked up the offense right out of the halftime, tallying the only goal of the game just past two minutes of play into the second half. Connor McCarthy scored the goal at 46:47, assisted by Kyle Henderson. The teams continued to volley the ball back and forth the rest of the way, with no shots finding the back of the net. A total of nine shots came through in the final stanza, as Harvard came away with the 1-0 victory.

In all, Holy Cross collected the six total shots, three on-goal. Harvard had nine shots, two on-goal and three corner kick attempts. Sophomore goalkeeper Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) made one save in the game while Conrad finished with three saves. A total of 17 fouls were called in the contest as well.

Holy Cross will continue its home stand on Saturday, Oct. 9 against Patriot League foe Bucknell. The game will be held at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass., starting at 1:00 p.m.