Men's Soccer Defeated By Rhode Island, 2-0
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team fell to the University of Rhode Island, 2-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders move to 4-6-2 (2-1-1 Patriot League), while the Rams improve to 8-2-2 (3-0-0 A10).
The Rams took the lead in the 14th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. Rhode Island extended their lead to 2-0 in the 44th minute. Evan Gaudreau took a hard shot from the top of the box that Henry Stutz saved, but the rebound bounced out to an open Vinny Colantuono.Colantuono took a quick shot that hit the post and bounced in.
Despite early offensive pressure, the Crusaders were unable to convert in the first half. Their best chance came in the 45th minute when Owen Azrak hit the post.
The Crusaders’ created offensive opportunities, the best of the second half came in the 85th minute when Arno Rupp settled a long ball to go one-on-one with Rams keeper Nils Leifhelm, but Leifhelm just got his hand on the ball.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Rhode Island outshot Holy Cross, 13-8.
Henry Stutz and Nils Leifhelm each made 5 saves.
The Crusaders had two corner kicks to the Rams’ nine.
KOOLMAN ON THE GAME
"I thought we had a strong start in the first ten minutes but then we had a couple of missed tackles that led to a PK, and after that we struggled. Giving up a goal right before the second half is a tough one. In the second half we regrouped. All the players got a chance to play and gain more experienced playing time. We need to prepare for Saturday's Patriot League game."
- Holy Cross will host American on Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium to resume Patriot League play.