September 24, 2011

Men's Soccer Comes Up Short Against Army, 2-1

WEST POINT, N.Y. Junior Pat McCann's (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) first career goal was not enough as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell to Army, 2-1, at Clinton Field in Patriot League action. With the decision, Holy Cross goes to a record of 0-6-2 (0-1-0 Patriot League) on the season while the Black Knights move to a record of 4-5-0 (1-0-0 PL).

Army made its last shot of the half count, heading a ball past junior goalkeeper Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) at the 44:08 mark to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. Holy Cross compiled four shots in the half, including two by sophomore Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.). Polanik made two saves in the first stanza.

The Black Knights made it a 2-0 game at 81:02, scoring on their eighth shot of the half. Less than two minutes later, McCann halved the score 2-1 on a scramble in front of the net, notching his first career goal. McCann attempted the team's last shot on goal and took two corner kicks, but the Crusaders could not score again, falling by the 2-1 final.

Polanik finishes with the losing decision, dropping to 0-2-0 on the season after making four saves in the game. Army's keeper, John Marinelli, finished the game with three saves and collects a record of 4-5-0. The Black Knights totaled 16 shots, including six on-goal while the Crusaders had a total of 12 shooting opportunities, including four on-goal.

Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 27 when they host Northeastern. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.