Men’s Soccer

By John Godar, Editor in Chief

 

Holy Cross Men’s Soccer made a thrilling run in the Patriot League Tournament this weekend, making it to the championship game and ultimately falling only one goal short of beating Colgate.

After a 3-0 rout against Lafayette in the quarterfinals, Holy Cross then faced Boston University in the semifinals. This presented an opportunity for redemption for the Crusaders, who had lost to the Terriers 3-0 earlier in the season in the Turnpike Trophy match. In this game, BU came out aggressive, outshooting Holy Cross 7-4 in the first half, though both teams had two shots on goal in the half. BU had a prime scoring opportunity near the end of the half, but junior keeper Henry Stutz made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Holy Cross ramped up its aggressiveness in the second half, outshooting BU 6-3 and winning three corners, but they were unable to get a shot on net. The Terriers were similarly stifled and thus the game went into overtime. Holy Cross won four more corners, but were unable to do anything with them as BU outshot the Crusaders 3-1. Yet, Boston University was unable to score either, so the game went to penalty kicks. The Crusaders converted four out of five penalties, as sophomore keeper Bobby Hurstak saved two attempts to send Holy Cross to the Patriot League Championship.

Holy Cross faced the Colgate Raiders in the Patriot League Championship, with high stakes. The winner would go on to the NCAA Tournament and keep their season alive. The game was a defensive battle, with only one shot on goal in the first half for each team. In the second half, Colgate broke the tie in the 67th minute. Though Holy Cross ramped up their offensive attack, they were unable to breach the Colgate defense, and Colgate came away with the win.

On the season, Holy Cross finished with a 7-9-4 record, with a 4-3-2 record in the Patriot League. Stutz and seniors Brad Ross and Yuji Callahan were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team.

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