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Men's Soccer Defeats Lehigh 1-0, Captures Tournament Spot

Holy Cross Athletics   11-04-2017
Stat Comparison
Category HC L
Goals 1 0
Shots 10 6
Corner Kicks 5 6
Fouls 11 10
Saves 3 6
Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team defeated Lehigh, 1-0, Saturday afternoon and secured a fifth place spot in the Patriot League Tournament. The six Holy Cross seniors were also recognized for their contributions to the team and school for the past four years prior to the start of the game.

Score: Holy Cross 1 | Lehigh 0

Location: Worcester, Mass. | Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium

Date: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Records: Holy Cross (6-8-3, 4-3-2 PL) | Lehigh (11-6-1, 5-3-1 PL)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first half was even for both teams through possession. Both the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks played defensive with only five shots total (Holy Cross 3, Lehigh 2). The Crusaders had two chances from free kicks outside the box, but Lehigh’s goalkeeper Will Smith was able to secure both free kicks.  

With 11 minutes left in the first half, Holy Cross saw their best chance with three shots on goal from senior Arno Rupp, junior Tyler Bell and senior Justin Carfora. A short, diagnol ball from senior Yuji Callahan was played to Rupp who shot first time at Smith. Bell, waiting at the penalty spot, drove the rebounded back first time, but the Leigh back line was able to block and clear the ball out. Carfora was there to control the clear and send another ball back to Smith,who saved it.

The second half remained scoreless untill the 82nd minute of the game. Rupp took on a Leigh defender on the left side of the box and was able to get a low cross off. Nick Cestaro was there for the easy tap-in goal into the corner past Smith.

The Crusaders were able to hold off the Mountain Hawks for the remainder of the game and won, 1-0.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Stutz made three saves to Lehigh’s Will Smith’s six.
  • The Mountain Hawks recorded six shots and the Crusaders had 10.
  • The Crusaders' fifth place finish is the highest since 2013.
  • Nick Cestaro scored his second season goal in the 82nd minute of the second half to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Rupp recorded his second assist on the season.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

With the 1-0 win, the Crusaders captured the fifth spot in the Patriot League tournament and will face Lehigh, Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the quarterfinals.

KOOLMAN ON THE GAME

“What better way to end the regular season for the seniors and to come away with a victory. All six seniors have had overwhelming contributions to the team. Yuji coming back in what we thought was a season-ending injury and to rebound was great for us. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys, and it’s exciting to get the W going into the Patriot League tournament.”

UP NEXT

Holy Cross will play at Lehigh Nov. 7 in the first round of the Patriot League Championship.


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