Nov. 6, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - In a position to spoil Bucknell University's chances at hosting a first round Patriot League tournament game, the Holy Cross men's soccer team gave up a 2-0 halftime advantage, and had to settle for a 2-2 tie on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders finish their season at 7-6-2 (1-4-2 PL), while Bucknell's hopes for the second seed in the tournament stay alive with a 7-9-2 (4-2-1 PL) mark.
Holy Cross sophomore Josh Trott (Glen Cove, N.Y.) put the home team up 1-0 just 6:43 into the game when he blasted a shot from deep in the left corner to beat Bucknell keeper Joey Kuterbach at an unlikely angle. But the remaining 39 minutes of the half saw one missed opportunity after another for both squads. In the 11th minute, the Bison saw Scott Visnic's attempt to even the score deflect off the crossbar. Ten seconds after that, Trott received the ball at the opposite end of the field, dribbled around Kuterbach, and beat the last Bucknell defender, but missed a wide open net and a chance add to the lead.
Then in the 16th minute, Kuterbach made a fingertip save on Holy Cross sophomore Michael Coakley's attempt, when just over ten minutes later, Bucknell's Jonathan Hemmert missed an open net chance for the Bison.
Trott came back to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead in the 40th minute when he ran onto a long pass from junior back Kevin Leonard and took advantage of a one v. one situation with Kuterbach and placed the ball to the lower left corner. Holy Cross then had what seemed to be another sure-goal when freshman Marsalis Beckford's shot, which was initially saved by Kuterbach, was bobbled and remained in play. Beckford then charged at the ball, but his header attempt hit the crossbar and Trott's shoulder attempt was called a handball just inches from the goal line.
The second half was a different story, as the Bison outshot the Crusaders 18-6, and all but took control of the game. Ori Adrabi cut the Crusader lead to one in the 75th minute when he beat a diving Richard Whipple. Holy Cross did everything they could to possess the ball, but could not get anything going offensively. Then, with under two minutes remaining in regulation, the Bison were awarded with a free kick just outside the 18-yard line. Jonathan Hemmert rifled a shot at Whipple, but the junior goalie lost control of the ball and saw it bounce into the back of the net.
The two teams played 20 minutes of overtime, but the score remained deadlocked when the final whistle blew.
The Patriot League Tournament will be held next weekend, November 12-14. Holy Cross has officially been eliminated from the post-season. The Crusaders end their season at 7-6-2, 1-4-2 in the league play.