Men's Soccer Tops Navy in Overtime, 2-1
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team captured its first win of the 2018 season after defeating Navy in overtime, 2-1. R.J. Place and Bobby Barsic scored to help the Crusaders win their Patriot League opener at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Holy Cross improves to 1-3-3, 1-0 PL and Navy falls to 1-6-1, 0-1 PL.
In the first half, Holy Cross took the lead after R.J. Place scored his first of the season in the 29th minute. Max Krause earned a free kick from nearly 35-yards out. The sophomore sent in a long ball that bounced around in front of the goal. Luka Milidragovic got a foot on the ball as there was a mess in front of the goal line and Place kicked in the ball for a 1-0 lead.
Despite a quality offensive pressure from the Crusaders, the Midshipmen were able to get on the board in the 61st minute by way of Phillip Gustafson, who chipped in a deflected ball.
Holy Cross sustained offense through the final minutes of regulation, including a chance from Mason Brummett that hit the post, but were unable to capture a go-ahead-goal in the first 90 minutes.
In the overtime period, Simon Becher broke free with the ball and rushed toward the Navy goal and then quickly sent the ball across the field to a wide open Bobby Barsic. The senior midfielder settled the ball and took a shot to the far post that beat Navy’s Ian Bramblett for the win. The goal marks Barsic’s first of his career.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Holy Cross outshot Navy, 17-13.
- Henry Stutz made three saves and Navy’s Bramblett made seven.
- Four different Crusaders recorded a point in the game: Place, Barsic, Milidragovic, and Becher.
COACH KOOLMAN ON THE GAME:
“Finally an overtime game that bounced our way, but we earned it. The flip side is that we created plenty of opportunities to finish this game during regulation. With one little unfortunate situation that brought them into the game. Again, we need to learn that scoring one goal is not enough, we need to score two or three. I am proud of the work rate and the belief that these guys continue to show. ”
The Crusaders return to action when they take on #19 UMass-Lowell on Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Lowell.