PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 13 Brown scored two unanswered goals on 28 shots taken as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell, 2-0, against the nationally-ranked Bears in its final non-league contest of the season at Stevenson Field. With the loss, the Crusaders gather a record of 3-10-3 overall while the Bears improve to a 10-1-3 overall record. Sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) made seven big saves in the 90 minutes despite the losing effort.
Brown scored first at 16:49 as Jon Okafor tipped a ball past Polanik, assisted by David Walls and Evan Coleman. The Bears held the offensive tempo throughout the first stanza, collecting 10 shots next to Holy Cross' two attempts as the Crusaders found themselves down, 1-0 heading into the halftime. Polanik tallied three saves in the first as well.
The Bears then made it a 2-0 game at 47:06 as Jay Hayward headed a ball in, assisted by Rob Medairos. Brown would also maintain its offensive pressure, collecting an additional 18 shots in the second half while the Crusaders doubled their first half total with four shots in the second. No shot was able to find the back of the net, however, as Holy Cross fell by the final score of 2-0.
In all, Holy Cross made six shots, including a team-high two shots from senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) and had one corner kick. Brown finished with 28 shots and had 12 corner kick attempts. Polanik collected the seven saves in the loss while Brown net-minder, Paul Grandstand, made one saves in the win. A total of 21 fouls were called as well.
Holy Cross travels to play Patriot League opponent American next. The Crusaders will compete on Reeves Field in Washington, D.C. for a contest against the Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 30 starting at 1:00 p.m.