Arno Rupp
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Arno Rupp

Holy Cross Advances To Patriot League Championship With Victory Over BU

Holy Cross Athletics   11-10-2017
Stat Comparison
Category HC BU
Goals 0 0
Shots 11 14
Shots on Goal 3 5
Corner Kicks 8 0
Fouls 13 11
Saves 5 3
Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team advanced to the Patriot League Championship Game after defeating Boston University on Friday night in a penalty kick shootout. The Crusaders netted four goals in the shootout while sophomore Bobby Hurstak made a pair of saves to secure the victory.

Score: Holy Cross 0, Boston University 0 (2OT, 4-1 SO)
Location: Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
Date: Nov. 10, 2017
Time: 8:05 p.m. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Terriers outshot the Crusaders in the first half 7-4, while each side registered two shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes. BU set up a strong scoring chance in the closing minutes of the half, but junior Henry Stutz made a diving save to keep it scoreless heading into halftime.

In the second half, Holy Cross made an offensive push to outshoot the Terriers 6-3 and earn a trio of penalty corners, but did not register a shot on goal. Neither side was able to find the back of the net in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

The Crusaders earned four penalty corner opportunities in extra time, but BU managed to outshoot Holy Cross 3-1. Stutz registered three saves in the second overtime period to help extend the game to penalty kicks.

Holy Cross posted a nearly perfect shootout to clinch the victory as senior Justin Carfora, senior Brad Ross and freshman Max Krause found the back of the net before senior Arno Rupp scored the game-winner. Hurstak stopped two out of three shots faced to help secure the shootout win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Stutz made five saves for the Crusaders, while Michael Bernardi made three saves for Boston University.
  • The Terriers outshot Holy Cross 14-11.
  • The Crusaders had the edge in corner kicks, 8-0.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Holy Cross will appear in the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time since 2013.
  • This was the Crusaders’ first win over Boston University since 2013.
  • Stutz now has seven shutouts on the season, and has not allowed a goal in 413 consecutive minutes.

UP NEXT

  • Holy Cross will return to action in the Patriot League Championship Game this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 p.m. against Colgate in Baltimore, Md.

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