October 30, 2010

Men's Soccer Ties American, 0-0, In Double Overtime

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Holy Cross men's soccer team held its fifth opponent scoreless, as the squad played to a 0-0 double overtime tie against American in Patriot League action at Reeves Field. With the decision, the Crusaders accumulate a record of 3-10-4 (0-4-2 PL) while the Eagles go to a 6-7-3 (3-1-2 PL) record. Sophomore goalkeeper Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) earned his fourth shutout in a six save effort.

American controlled the offensive tempo throughout the first and second halves, mounting 15 shots next to Holy Cross' five shot attempts. Polanik came up with five big saves in regulation, keeping the Eagles scoreless, while both teams went into overtime without a goal.

The two overtime periods remained a defensive battle, as American collected five more shots in the extra minutes while the Crusaders tallied four additional shots. No shot would find the back of the net, however, as the Crusaders and Eagles finished with the 0-0 tie.

In all, Holy Cross made nine shots, five on-goal and had one corner kick. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) led the squad with four shots taken. American finished with 20 shots, six on-goal and had 12 corner kick attempts. Polanik collected the six saves while Eagle net minder, Matt Makowski, made five saves in the tie. A total of 16 fouls were called as well.

Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 for its final league contest against Army. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.