Sept. 2, 2005
Piscataway, N.J. - The Holy Cross men's soccer team opened the 2005 season with a 3-0 loss to St. John's University in the first round of the Philips/Adidas Classic on Friday night at Yurcak Field. The Red Storm, who were picked to win the Big East Red Division this season, are ranked fifth in the country and have won the Philips/Adidas Classic each of the last three years, and six times overall.
Holy Cross is 0-1 (0-0 Patriot League), while St. John's is off to a 1-0 (0-0 Big East) start.
St. John's took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half on a goal from graduate student Sebastian Alvarado-Ralph. After a corner from senior Jeff Carroll, sophomore Steven Old had a shot blocked and deflected in the box, where Alvarado-Ralph controlled the ball and put it past Holy Cross keeper Richard Whipple.
The Red Storm controlled play for most of the game and took a 2-0 lead in the 77th minute on a goal from graduate student Matt Groenwald.
Old tallied the third goal, again off of a Carroll corner, giving the Red Storm the 3-0 lead.
Holy Cross will face host team Rutgers University tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at Yurcak Field.