Sept. 3, 2005
Piscataway, N.J. - The Holy Cross men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Rutgers University in the second round of the Philips/Adidas Classic on Saturday night at Yurcak Field. Holy Cross is now 0-2 to start the 2005 season, while Rutgers is off to a 1-1 start.
The lone goal of the game came in the 43rd minute when Adam Llyod headed a cross from Chris Moore into the back of the HC net. The Scarlet Knights carried the 1-0 advantage into the break and were able to hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game, only allowing one Holy Cross shot on goal (Chidie Okpoebo) the entire 90 minutes.
Rutgers enjoyed a 16-3 advantage on shots for the night, including an 11-0 advantage in the second half. The Scarlet Knights also had four corner kicks in the game, while HC only managed two.
Holy Cross senior goalie Richard Whipple made eight saves in the game. Rutgers' keeper Matt Vanoekel made one save in the win.
Moore and Lloyd represented Rutgers on the all-tournament team. San Diego State's Tally Hall was the tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player and Matt Gorenwald of St. John's was the Offensive Most Valuable Player. For the fourth straight year, St. John's came away with the first-place trophy. In the first game of the day, fifth-ranked St. John's and San Diego State played to a double-overtime scoreless tie.
Holy Cross returns to action next weekend when it travels to Albany, N.Y., for the Albany Showcase on September 10-11. The Crusaders meet up with St. Francis (N.Y.) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.