October 18, 2011

Men's Soccer Suffers 2-1 Double Overtime Loss At New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. A late foul by the Holy Cross men's soccer team set up the game-winning situation for New Hampshire as the Crusaders dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision to the Wildcats in non-conference action at Bremner Field. With the last minute loss, the Crusaders fall to a record of 1-10-2 while the Wildcats move to 6-7-1. Sophomore Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) picked up his second goal of the season, coming as the Crusaders' first score of the game.

The two teams scored their first goals within two minutes of each other as New Hampshire struck first at 16:20, scoring on its second shot taken in the game. Holy Cross had a quick answer at the 17:41 mark when Sanders picked up a loose ball and shot it into the right side of the Wildcats' net. The Crusaders and Wildcats added two more shots each but did not score again, ending the first 45 minutes of play in a 1-1 tie.

Junior goalkeeper Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) was able to deflect two New Hampshire shots on-goal over the first 15 minutes of the second half as New Hampshire began to take control offensively. The Crusader defense kept the Wildcats scoreless, however, as Polanik made another big save at 87:46 after the Wildcats got a header shot off from a corner kick. The New Hampshire shot was the last play of regulation as the team's headed into overtime still in a 1-1 tie.

Holy Cross tallied the only two shots taken in the first overtime period as sophomore Joshua Cintas (San Diego, Calif.) picked up his second shot of the game, coming on-goal. Polanik then tallied his fifth save of the game on New Hampshire's first shot of the second overtime period but could not repeat the feat one minute later as the Wildcats scored the game-winning goal on a header at 107:24. The score decided the game as Holy Cross fell by the 2-1 final.

Polanik tallied the loss, going to 0-5-0 on the season. He finished with five saves. New Hampshire goalkeeper, Travis Worra, finished the game with two saves and collects a record of 6-6-1. The Wildcats totaled 14 shots while the Crusaders had 11 total shooting opportunities. Junior Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) led the squad with three shots.

Holy Cross returns home for a Patriot League bout with Lehigh this upcoming Saturday, Oct. 22. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.