Men's Soccer Returns Home For Two Games This Week

Tom Van Grinsven

Overall Record: 3-8-2 (0-3-1 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Boston College 3, Holy Cross 0, Newton, Mass., 10/12
Lehigh 2, Holy Cross 0, Bethlehem, Pa., 10/16
Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 20 vs. New Hampshire, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 vs. Navy, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will return home for two contests this week. New Hampshire visits the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium first for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Patriot League foe Navy then travels to Worcester for a 3:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 23.
  • New Hampshire returns to Worcester for the first time since the 2006 season, where the Wildcats took a 5-1 win from the Crusaders. The two teams last met in 2007 in Durham, N.H. as Holy Cross dropped a 1-0 decision. The Crusaders have won just one of the 14 meetings all-time with the Wildcats, earning their lone victory in 2004. Currently, New Hampshire sits at 5-3-4 on the season, and is 0-3-2 in its last five contests. The Wildcats have not scored a goal since Sept. 28, while the Crusaders were shut out in their last two contests.
  • Navy visits the hill with a 6-2-3 record (1-1-2 Patriot League). The Midshipmen sit in fifth place in the conference standings while Holy Cross is looking for its first league win after going 0-3-1, ranking seventh. Navy has gone into double overtime in its last three contests, including a 0-0 tie with American the last time out. Navy ranks first in the league standings in almost all offensive categories so far, including points (58), goals (19) and assists (18). They are also the stingiest in allowing goals through, as opponents have scored only six goals against them through their 11 games.
  • Holy Cross looks to pick up its offense after going scoreless in the last 180 minutes of action. Compared to the other seven Patriot League teams, Holy Cross sits at the bottom in most offensive categories, including shots (96) and assists (9). The Crusaders rank sixth in goals (12) and seventh in points (33).
  • Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.), who has sat out the last three games, still remains among one of the top offensive producers in the conference. He currently ranks third in points (11), first in points and assists per game (1.10, 0.5), second in assists (5) and also tied for first with two game-winning goals. On the national level, Werth ties for 19th in assists per game.