Edi Mujan
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Edi Mujan

Men's soccer falls short at Santa Clara, 3-0

Holy Cross Athletics   08-30-2019

 

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Santa Clara

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Santa Clara, Calif. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team dropped its season opener, 3-0, at Santa Clara. With five freshmen in the starting lineup, the Crusaders gave a strong defensive effort but could not hold off the Broncos.

 

Holy Cross’ (0-1-0) defense held back the Santa Clara attack through the opening of the match, keeping the Broncos (1-0-0) at bay through six shots and three corners. The Broncos broke through in the 39th minute when a low cross was sent in from the far right of the goal and Julian Bravo scored just inside the near post on a header, 1-0. Bobby Hurstak recorded two saves in the opening half.

 

The second frame was bookended with Santa Clara goals. The Broncos scored at 46:49 after a loose ball was deflected in by Sam Agostini and at 87:18 Martin Aasen fired in a ball from the top of the box. Hurstak finished the game with three saves.

 

Koolman on the Game:

“We started the game well, organized, and discipline. Unnecessary mistakes caused for their first goal and giving it up right before half time was a bit of a back breaker. They created chances and we did not create the same chances.”

 

Notes & Numbers

  • The Crusaders were outshot, 17-2.
  • Five freshmen started for the Crusaders and two played 90 minutes: Taj Salawu and Jack Ostrosky.

 

Up next

The Crusaders open Linda Johnson Smith Stadium at 7:00 p.m. against UMass Lowell.

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