Sept. 27, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Maurizio Silvestri netted the game-winning goal just over four minutes into the first overtime to lead the Hartford men's soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 win over Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon at the Hart Soccer Field. The Crusaders have now lost two straight and fall to 5-4 (0-1 Patriot League), while the Hawks improve to 3-4-1 (0-0 America East).
The Hawks opened up the scoring in the 64th minute when Andrew Peterson collected the rebound off of Richard Whipple's initial save from Kenniel Martin's shot and placed the ball into the back of the net to give Hartford a 1-0 advantage after a scoreless first half of play.
The Crusaders wasted no time evening the score, though, when junior forward Josh Trott tallied his Patriot League-leading sixth goal of the season after he beat Hartford keeper Morgan Faust to tie the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Silvestri found himself in front of an empty net, but sent the would-be go ahead goal off the left post. Less than seven minutes later, Holy Cross had an opportunity to take the lead in regulation, when freshman Alejandro Melean got control of a mishandled ball by Faust, but was unable to get a shot off while standing just yards from the goal line.
After finishing the remainder of the second half deadlocked at one-all, Silvestri scored the golden goal when he floated a curving ball into the top left corner of the goal to give the Hawks the win.
The Crusaders held both a shot advantage (14-11) and a corner kick advantage (8-1) over their visitors. Whipple made three saves on the afternoon, while Faust finished with six stops for the Hawks.
Holy Cross hosts league foe Lehigh University on Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders are 0-1 in conference play this season after a 2-0 loss to Bucknell on Saturday.