Men's Soccer Takes On Central Connecticut

Sept. 2, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, September 2 when it hosts Central Connecticut in a non-conference match-up at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders enter the game at 1-0-0 overall, after defeating No. 13 Massachusetts, 1-0, on Friday, August 29. Tonight marks the Blue Devils season-opener. Last season, Central Connecticut finished 10-9-3 with a 5-3-2 record in the Northeast Conference. The Blue Devils finished up the 2007 season appearing in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Holy Cross returns 22 players from last year including eight starters. The Crusaders also welcome six newcomers to the program.

Seniors Andreas Andrews (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jerry Dickinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Alejandro Melean (Miami, Fla.) are the 2008 team tri-captains. This is the third straight year that Dickinson will be a captain.The Holy Cross-Boston College game will be available through live video streaming on the internet as part of the Crusader All-Access package. A $9.95 monthly subscription to Crusader All-Access is required to view the game. For information on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, Click Here

MEN'S SOCCER Overall Record 1-0 (0-0 PL) Last Week: 1-0

Scoreboard: Holy Cross 1, Massachusetts 0, Worcester, Mass., 8/29

Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 2 vs. Central Connecticut, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. Providence, Worcester, Mass. 7:00 p.m.

  • Senior defender Alejandro Melean (Miami, Fla.) scored the game-winning goal as the Holy Cross men's soccer team outlasted No. 13 Massachusetts, 1-0, Friday night in front of a record-breaking crowd of 868 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Last year, UMass advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Less than 10 minutes into the first half, at the 9:46 mark, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead. A foul by UMass set up the scoring play for the Crusaders as sophomore Jon Werth (University Park, Md.) crossed a pass to Melean who headed the ball into the goal. UMass had several scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the game, including a shot that hit the front of the cross bar and landed right in front of the goal. The Crusaders' strong defense was able to clear the ball from the box to secure the win over the Minutemen.
  • Junior Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) earned his first shutout of the season and made two stops for Holy Cross.