September 17, 2011

Men's Soccer Outlasted By Rhode Island, 2-1

KINGSTON, R.I. Junior Steven Stefanak (Massapequa, N.Y.) put his second career goal through but the Holy Cross men's soccer team could not hold on for a win, falling to Rhode Island 2-1 at the URI Soccer Complex. With the decision, Holy Cross goes to a record of 0-5-2 on the season while the Rams improve to a record of 3-4-0. Fellow junior Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) tallied his first assist of the season on the Stefanak goal.

Rhode Island got on the board first, scoring with just under 12 minutes played in the game. Holy Cross combined for three shots but no goals in the half as the Rams held a 1-0 advantage at the break. Junior Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) returned as the Crusaders' starting goalie and made three saves on five shot attempts by the Rams.

After the teams traded shots for 25 minutes in the second half, Stefanak broke the scoreless battle with a shot to the right top corner of the net, tying the score at 1-1. The teams continued to volley for possession as Holy Cross stepped up the offensive pressure, adding nine shots in the second half. It was Rhode Island who came away with the final goal of the game, however, scoring at the 84:08 mark from six yards out. The Crusaders were unable to find a way to come back in the final six minutes and lost the game by the 2-1 final score.

Polanik added four saves in the second half, finishing with seven saves in the game. He picks up the loss for a 0-1-0 record on the season. Rhode Island's keeper, Peyton Warwick, finished the game with seven saves, including six in the second half and collects a record of 3-4-0. The Rams totaled 12 shots, including nine on-goal while the Crusaders also had a total of 12 shooting opportunities, including eight on-goal.

Holy Cross opens up Patriot League play next, traveling to Army on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Crusaders and Black Knights will face off at 7:00 p.m. on Clinton Field in West Point, N.Y.