Men's Soccer Ties Hartford at Home, 2-2
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team tied the Hartford Hawks, 2-2, in double overtime on Saturday night at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium, despite a two-goal effort from freshman forward Simon Becher. Holy Cross moves to 0-2-3 and Hartford moves to 0-4-3.
After a relatively quiet opening 30 minutes of action, a flurry of goals happened in the 31st minute. Hartford’s Kamer Nuhiu finished on a scissor kick that beat Henry Stutz for a 1-0 lead. The Crusaders responded less than one minute later when Simon Becher found himself one-on-one with Hawks goalkeeper Jimmy Stanton. Becher sent in a shot to the far post to even the score, 1-1.
In the second half the Crusaders tallied the go-ahead-goal, but it was short lived. Garrett Leahy connected a cross from the goal line to the head of Becher for his second of the day. The Hawks responded in the 61st minute, when Xhane Reid took a shot from the top of the box and evened the score 2-2.
The teams played through both overtime periods without converting and to a 2-2 tie. Both teams recorded four shots on goal in the second half, while Hartford tallied five shots between the overtime periods.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hartford outshot Holy Cross, 13-9.
- Henry Stutz made three saves, two coming in overtime.
COACH KOOLMAN ON THE GAME:
“Today we were not ready to play, after coming off of a big game against a big opponent we needed to be better at mentally preparing. I think that we have to learn that it does not matter who you are playing against and you have to show up with the same mentality and attitude. Today we were a step slow in every which way. We scored two good goals but when you score, you cannot give them away easily. We have work to do and to win we need to bring more.”
The Crusaders are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Northeastern for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.