Men’s Soccer Impresses on Homecoming Night
On Saturday night, fans had to wait only 90 seconds before the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead against Patriot League rival Lehigh University. Right away, Holy Cross’s midfield moved the ball patiently across the field before Justin Carfora put the ball in the box, where Yuji Callahan put the ball away from about eight yards out. The next 25 minutes were relatively quiet, with a lot of thrown balls from both teams that failed to find their targets. Then, around the 30 minute mark, Lehigh’s Jack Miskel hit a beautiful shot from 30 yards out to beat the Crusaders keeper, Henry Stutz.
The first half ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Crusaders were once again quick to strike. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, midfielder Matt Villano finished a close range shot after receiving a pass from teammate Joey DeVivo. Shortly after, Lehigh was awarded a controversial penalty kick. Henry Stutz came up huge, stopping a shot fired directly at the center of the net. The Crusaders then put the game away when DeVivo scored on a rebound from teammate Arno Rupp’s shot. While the Crusader’s offense looked particularly good on this night, Stutz’s six second-half saves, one of which was the crucial penalty stop, allowed the Crusaders to win comfortably on Homecoming night. On Tuesday the Crusaders lost 3-2 to Brown in a close overtime game. Look for Holy Cross to take on Bucknell at home this Saturday.
Holy Cross Football Comes up Short on Homecoming
The Crusaders took an early lead over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon after QB Peter Pujals threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jordan Montgomery on his first drive. Dartmouth answered with two consecutive first quarter touchdowns. The first came off of a 10 yard run by halfback Hunter Hagdorn, and the second came with just over a minute and a half left in the first quarter. Dartmouth pushed the ball up the field before halfback Miles Smith scored on an impressive 35-yard touchdown run.
The score remained 14-7 in favor of Dartmouth for the greater part of the first half, until Holy Cross gave up a fumble in their own end zone, widening Dartmouth’s lead to 21-7. Dartmouth scored their third consecutive touchdown in the third quarter after a short rushing touchdown capped off a 65-yard drive up the field. The Crusaders’ senior kicker, Zane Wasp, was able to convert on a 42-yard field goal with seven minutes remaining in the third to make the score 28-10; Dartmouth would wind up putting the game out of reach with a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Crusaders will look to snap a three-game losing streak in a crucial game against Patriot League rival Lafayette on October 1.