Junior captain Justin Carfora
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Junior captain Justin Carfora

Men's Soccer Drops 2-0 Contest To Boston University

Holy Cross Athletics   10-26-2016

THE BASICS

Score: Boston University 2, Holy Cross 0

Records: Holy Cross (5-8-3; 1-3-3 Patriot League); Boston University (6-6-2; 2-3-2 Patriot League)

Date: October 26, 2016

Location Worcester, Mass.

The Lead: Anthony Viteri scored the game-winning goal and Matt Gilbert made four saves to post a shutout as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell to Boston University, 2-0, Wednesday night in Worcester.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the third minute, freshman goalie Bobby Hurstak made a pair of crucial saves, as Mark Wadid’s shot rebounded off Hurstak, as it bounced in front of the goal before Matt McDonnell tried to send an attempt in that Hurstak secured.
  • BU got the scoring started in the 18th minute (17:55) when Viteri received a through from McDonnell, brought it to 15 yards out and fired a shot to the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.
  • In the 19th minute, senior Joey DeVivo just missed a chance to tie up the game when his shot aimed for the left side from 20 yards out was blocked on a diving save by Gilbert.
  • With the second half underway, senior Matt Villano nearly netted the equalizer off a pass from DeVivo, but his shot was saved by Gilbert in the 60th minute (59:35).
  • In the 84th minute (83:01), Felix De Bona blasted a shot from 15 yards out to the bottom left corner to extend the lead to 2-0 off a pass from McDonnell.  
  • The Terrier defense was able to keep the Crusaders from finding the back of the net for a 2-0 final. 

KOOLMAN'S KORNER: 

  • "The difference in the game was two mistakes and their goalkeeper." said head coach Marco Koolman. "You have to give their goalkeeper credit, he was exceptional. I thought we played really well, especially in the first half but their goalkeeper kept them in the game."

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hurstak made five saves for the Crusaders.
  • Glibert stopped four shots for the Terriers.
  • Shots attempted were 20-14 in favor of Holy Cross, but BU had seven shots on goal, while Holy Cross had four. 
  • DeVivo and Villano led the Crusaders  both with five shots and two on goal. 

TURNPIKE TROPHY:

  • Gilbert was named the Turnpike Trophy MVP for his four crucial saves that secured the Terrier victory and earned them points toward the Patriot League playoffs and Turnpike Trophy.
  • This athletic series between the Crusaders and Terriers awards points for all head-to-head victories in both the regular season and postseason, with the Turnpike Trophy going to the school that accumulates the most points at the end of the academic year.
  • Boston University holds a 3-0 lead in the season series after the Terriers won in women’s soccer (Oct. 19) and field hockey (Oct. 25). The Turnpike Trophy competition continues on Oct. 29, as both the cross country teams compete at the Patriot League Championship in Easton, Pa. For the schedule of the Turnpike Trophy games go here

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 30, as it travels to American at 1:00 p.m.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross men's soccer team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMSoccer, on Facebook You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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