WORCESTER, Mass. – Wilder Arboleda broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winning goal at 36:52 of the first half as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell to Providence on Sunday evening in the season-opener at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2-0, while the Friars improve to 2-0-0.
The Friars had the first scoring opportunity of the contest at 2:50 of the first half when Julian Gressel had his header off a corner kick by Dominik Machado saved by Crusader sophomore goalie Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas). At the 12:05 mark, Wright made a save on a shot by Brandon Adler from just five yards out to keep the Friars off the scoreboard. The Crusaders then netted their first goal of the season at 15:51, when freshman Ty Goncalves (Norwood, Mass.) sent a crossing pass to freshman Joey DeVivo (Ridgefield, Conn.) who then fired a shot from 10 yards out to the lower left side of the net for his first collegiate goal and Goncalves' first collegiate assist. Providence would tie the game at 1-1 at 33:55 when Markus Naglestad knocked in a loose ball from five yards out. Gressel assisted on the goal. Just 2:57 later, Naglestad made several moves with the ball to dodge the Holy Cross defense and then sent a crossing pass to Arboleda who volleyed the ball from eight yards out and past Wright for his second goal of the season.
At 54:39, Providence was called for a foul just outside of the penalty area. Senior captain Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) then just missed scoring a goal off the free kick as his shot just went wide of the right post. The Friars almost took a two-goal lead at 76:44 when Gressel had a shot hit the left post. Then with just 40 seconds left in the contest Wright made a save on a breakaway by Fabio Machado, but the Friars were able to earn a corner kick as they secured the 2-1 victory.
Wright made six saves, while Keasel Broome posted five saves to earn the win and improve to 2-0-0 on the season. Providence outshot Holy Cross by a 20-9 margin in total shots and by an 8-6 margin in shots on goal. The Friars took six corner kicks and the Crusaders took three.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m.
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