Men's Soccer Tops Colgate, 3-2, In OT

Josh Cintas

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior Josh Cintas (San Diego, Calif.) netted the game-winner in overtime as the Holy Cross men's soccer team defeated Colgate, 3-2, in Patriot League action on Saturday evening. With the win, the Crusaders have now won three in a row for the first time since 2009 and have won six of the last eight games to bring their record to 6-5-1 overall (4-1-0 PL), while the Raiders fell to 2-10-2 overall (1-3-1 PL). This win marks the team's most wins since the 2009 season, when the team went 6-10-0 overall. It also is the most PL wins since the 2009 team went 4-3-0, and the most road wins in the PL since the team went 3-0-0 on the road in 1999. 

The Raiders took the first shot on goal of the game in the sixth minute when a header by Geinda Smith was saved by sophomore goalie Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas). Freshman Joey DeVivo (Ridgefield, Conn.) then took two straight shots that were saved by Colgate goalie Liam Stapleton in the 18th and 19th minutes, respectively. In the 25th minute the Crusaders almost took the lead when a shot by freshman Ty Goncalves (Norwood, Mass.) hit the post. Senior captain Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) then gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute when he sent the ball to the bottom right corner of the net from 18 yards out for his third goal of the season. Wright made two saves on shots by Nick Rizzo to close out the half with a 1-0 lead.

The Raiders tied the game at 1-1 in the 68th minute when Evan Heroux found the back of the net. Zach Pagani tallied an assist. Colgate took a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute when Tyler Forbes scored from 30 yards out. With just 10 seconds remaining in the second half, senior captain Dane Kenny (Williston Park, N.Y.) sent the ball to DeVivo, who tied the contest at 2-2. DeVivo sent the ball to the left side of the net from 12 yards out. The goal was his team-best fifth of the season. 

At 98:07, the Crusaders' Cintas scored the final goal on a pass from the front of the net from classmate Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.).

"This win shows the character of the team," said head coach Marco Koolman. "The team never gives up, this was demonstrated by scoring with 10 seconds left to tie the game. This was a tough game, and we hung in there to pull off the win."

Wright posted eight saves during the win to improve to 6-4-1 on the season, while Stapleton had four saves. The Raiders outshot the Crusaders 29-18, while Colgate had 10 shots on goal and Holy Cross had seven. The Raiders took six corner kicks and the Crusaders took two.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host Patriot League opponent Navy at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m.