October 16, 2012

Men's Soccer Uses Late Goal To Defeat New Hampshire, 1-0

Video: Tommy Uttaro's Game-Winning Goal

WORCESTER, MASS. Holy Cross junior midfielder Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute to help propel the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over New Hampshire on Tuesday evening at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.  Holy Cross improves to 3-7-2, while the Wildcats slip to 5-6-3.

After a scoreless first half, Uttaro found an opening on the right side of the goalie box and launched a shot from eight yards out into the back of the net.  He gathered the ball off a pass by junior forward Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) into the scoring area. The marker was his second of the year, which ties him for second on the team and gave the Crusaders the only goal they would need. 

With just under four minutes remaining, the Wildcats had a chance to tie the score.  After a Holy Cross foul, New Hampshire had three chances to equalize the game on the ensuing shot into the box, but all three chances were pushed aside by the Crusaders defensive line. 

New Hampshire had one more chance with less than 10 seconds in regulation as sophomore forward David Schlatter headed a ball off a corner kick, but it sailed wide to the left.

Holy Cross freshman goalkeeper Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas) earned his second shutout of the season making two saves.  Wildcats net-minder Blake Dawn made two stops in the defeat. 

Both teams were even in shots (nine), but the Crusaders held the 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.  New Hampshire held the 4-2 edge in corner kicks.     

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4:00 p.m.