Oct. 2, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - Sophomore Yannick James (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored with 11 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Holy Cross men's soccer team over Navy on Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League contest.
The Crusaders improve to 5-1-1 (1-0-1) with the win, while the Midshipmen drop to 2-6-2 (0-2-0).
With time running down, James collected the ball in front of the net after a cross from deep in the right corner. The sophomore forward then blasted a shot past a crowd of defenders and beat Navy goalie Frank DiFilippo with just seconds remaining. Navy quickly put the ball back in play, but time ran out and the Crusaders collected their first league win of the year.
Holy Cross dominated most of the game, registering 20 shots and 6 corners, and holding their Navy counterparts to just 6 shots and 3 corners on the game. The Naval Academy had two good opportunities late in the second, when sophomore midfielder Tom Shelly broke into the 18 and tried to sneak a low shot past Crusader keeper Richard Whipple (Columbus, Ga.), but the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week blocked the initial shot and cleared the deflection to deny Shelly the go-ahead goal.
The Midshipmen were whistled for 18 fouls on the afternoon and the Crusaders were able to take advantage of Navy's frustration, peppering DiFilippo with 13 shots on goal, but the senior netminder was able to keep his team in the game until James' tally. DiFilippo made 12 saves on the day for Navy, while Whipple had 4 stops good enough for his 4th shutout of the season.
Holy Cross has now won 5 out of their last 6 games. They played Lehigh to a 1-1 tie last week. The Crusaders will continue their Patriot League schedule with a 1 p.m. game at American University on Saturday, October 9.