WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team defeated the Colgate Raiders, 4-3, in overtime on Wednesday Oct. 25. The Crusaders move to 5-8-2 (3-3-1 Patriot League) and the Raiders move to 5-9-1 (2-4-1 Patriot League).
The Raiders took the lead in the 16th minute when Chris DePetro picked up a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box and quickly turned on a shot to the far post.
After Henry Stutz broke up a breakaway, Colgate’s Kentaro Morrison took a corner kick that made its way to Aram Ouligian’s head on the far side of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders responded with a set piece goal of their own when Max Krause took a corner kick that Arno Rupp connected on in front of goal. Rupp’s header went over Peter Tappenden’s head and cut the Raiders lead to 2-1 to end the first half.
Holy Cross evened the game at 2-2 in the 68th minute when freshman Edi Mujan scored his first collegiate goal. The Crusaders cashed in on a corner kick yet again, with Krause assisting.
In the 83rd minute, Henry Stutz made two point-blank saves and then the rebound deflected to the far side of the field, where Justin Carfora made a goal-line block. Carfora was called for a handball in the box and given a red card, also awarding Colgate a penalty kick. The Raiders scored the PK to take the lead, 3-2 late in the game.
Nic Cestaro scored his first of the season in the 89th minute. Cestaro scooped a loose ball in the box and chipped it over Tappenden to force the game into overtime.
In the 95th minute, the Crusaders were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Rupp scored his seventh of the season by curling the ball around the wall and into the Raiders net for a 4-3 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Stutz made seven saves to Tappenden’s two.
The Raiders outshot Holy Cross 18 to seven.
The four Crusader goals marks the most they have scored in a single-game this season.
Krause tallied two assists in the game, the first Crusader to do so this season.
KOOLMAN ON THE GAME
“Today was a game of character, the elements certainly made it challenging for both teams. To come back from 2-0 down early on really showed the grit and character of everybody. Great goal, a free-kick from Arno Rupp was the icing on the cake. With a man-down and coming from behind, it was a fantastic complete team effort.”
Holy Cross will travel to Army West Point for its final regular season road match on Sunday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.