WORCESTER, Mass. – Navy scored three unanswered goals, notching the game-winner on a penalty kick as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell, 3-2, against the Midshipmen in league action at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the decision, the Crusaders gather a record of 3-9-3 overall (0-4-1 Patriot League) while the Midshipmen move to a 7-3-3 overall record (2-1-2 Patriot League). Junior Tony Rosales (Aurora, Colo.) tallied his first goal of the season, while senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) notched his third goal to highlight the Crusaders' scoring.
The Crusaders went up with just 30 seconds gone on the game clock as Rosales made the first shot of the game count, sneaking one past Navy net-minder Aaron Dupere at 44:74, assisted by sophomore Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). The rest of the half went scoreless as Holy Cross headed into the locker rooms up 1-0. The Crusaders also held the shots advantage in the half, 5-2.
Holy Cross would increase its lead to 2-0 at 64:35 as Van Grinsven hit a shot straight into the back of the net off of a free kick opportunity to collect his third goal of the season. Navy would recover quickly, however, notching its first goal at 65:43, right after the two teams met at midfield following the Van Grinsven goal. Midshipmen Sam Miller would be credited with the score, his second of the season. Navy would go on to score two more unanswered goals, coming at 76:44 and 78:48 from Billy Sweetman and then a penalty kick by Wes Powell that got past sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.). Holy Cross would attempt a few last minute shots, but could not mount the comeback, falling by the final 3-2 tally.
In all, Holy Cross made 13 shots, four on-goal and had three corner kicks. Navy finished with 10 shots, six on-goal and had five corner kick attempts. Polanik collected three saves in the loss while Dupere made two saves in his seventh win. A total of 11 fouls were called as well.
Holy Cross wraps up its non-league schedule with a contest against No. 14 Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The game will be played in Providence, R.I. on Stevenson Field at 7:00 p.m.