Men's Soccer Plays Army To 0-0 Double Overtime Tie
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's soccer team played Army to its second consecutive 0-0 double overtime tie in the final game of Patriot League action at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the decision, the Crusaders complete the 2010 slate with a record of 3-10-5 (0-4-3 PL) while the Black Knights finish their season with a 3-12-2 (0-5-2 PL) record. The five member senior class of Matt Beckley (Congers, N.Y.), Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.), Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) and team manager Philippe Candido were honored prior to the game.
The two teams played a scoreless first half, with Army out-shooting Holy Cross 4-2. Sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) tallied two saves in the first 45 minutes as well. The Crusaders turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, earning a 7-3 shots advantage, but were unable to put one past Army goalie Michal Fiuk. After 90 minutes of play, the Crusaders and Black Knights went scoreless and headed into overtime.
Holy Cross saw a few more opportunities to score in the overtime periods, controlling the ball through most of the extra minutes. Time ran out, however, as the teams came to the 0-0 draw to end their seasons. The Crusaders tallied three shots in the final 20 minutes, while Army made two more shot attempts.
In all, Holy Cross made 12 shots, six on-goal and had two corner kicks. Werth led the squad with three shots taken. Army finished with nine shots, two on-goal and had five corner kick attempts. Polanik collected the two saves while Fiuk made six saves in his first tie. A total of 26 fouls were called as well.
With the day's result, the Crusaders have now completed the 2010 season.