WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman goalkeeper Michael Thompson (Cromwell, Conn.) made five saves in his collegiate debut but could not boost Holy Cross to a win as Boston University took home a 2-0 victory over the Crusaders at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the decision, Holy Cross opens up the season at 0-1, while Boston University goes to 1-0. Holy Cross made eight shot attempts in the game next to the Terriers' nine attempts.
Boston University took a 1-0 advantage with a little under 10 minutes played in the first half as senior Stephen Knox took a shot from the far right side of the goal, shooting it past Thompson. The Crusaders put together five shot attempts in the half, but could not find the back of the net as senior Jordan Michael (Burnaby, British Columbia) led with two shots taken. Thompson finished the half with three saves.
The Terriers struck again in the second half to take a 2-0 lead as Knox connected for his second goal at 65:25 on a break away play up the middle. Holy Cross would try three more shot attempts in the second half but fell short offensively, losing by the final 2-0 score. Michael and sophomores Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) and Joshua Cintas (San Diego, Calif.) led the offense with two shots apiece.
With the loss, Thompson picks up his first losing decision on the season, going to 0-1-0 overall. Boston University goalkeeper, Nick Thomson, also making his collegiate debut, earned his first shutout of the season, improving to 1-0-0. Thomson made a total of four saves.
Holy Cross continues fall action on Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Dartmouth. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.