Men’s Soccer Records Big Win Against Loyola
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 16:10
After failing to notch a win in its first four outings, the Holy Cross Men’s Soccer team has rebounded to win three of its past four matches. Two of these impressive victories were won on away soil. Captain Monty Sanders, ‘14 and true freshman Joey DeVivo, ’17, who have combined for a total of five goals through eight games, have been important contributors for the Crusaders.
On Saturday, September 21st, DeVivo scored his first hat-trick of his college career as Holy Cross went on to a 4-1 triumph against the Bryant Bulldogs. DeVivo’s hat-trick was the first by a Crusader since Kyle Miller scored three goals on Oct. 18, 2008 versus Navy. DeVivo was also named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. His productive play has helped to create a dangerous attack for the Crusaders. DeVivo expressed his optimism for the team’s success as the Patriot League season gets underway.
“Despite having lost our first couple games of the season, we are beginning to find a rhythm conducive to success,” said DeVivo. “As a team, we are optimistic about our next couple games. We have a lot to prove as we have worked very hard during the off-season to position ourselves for a successful season. Our main goal for the season is to make a run in the Patriot League Tournament. Individually, I just want to continue to play for my seniors and to assist my team in any way possible, while helping to make Holy Cross a top-competitor in conference play.”
On Tuesday, September 24th the Crusaders faced off against the Northeastern Huskies. The Crusaders played a solid match, but suffered a 2-0 defeat. It was a competitive game
from the start, but the Huskies scored two goals late in the second half to secure the win.
This past Saturday, Patriot League play got underway as the Crusaders traveled to Baltimore to compete against the Loyola Greyhounds. This game marked the inaugural Patriot League soccer game for Loyola as they joined the League this past year.
The Crusaders defeated the Greyhounds, 2-1. This is the Crusaders’ first road Patriot League win since a 2-1 victory at Army on Nov. 7, 2009 as Holy Cross had a 0-9-2 record in its last 11 road conference contests. This was a huge win because the Greyhounds are ranked just outside the Top 25 NCAA rankings and was one of the early favorites for the League title. The Greyhounds were the heavy favorites and were surprised to see such a talented team with multiple threats. The Greyhounds were constantly on the defense as the Crusaders controlled possession for most of the game. The Crusaders’ first goal came in the 72nd minute of the second half as captain Dane Kenny, ‘14 drilled a shot past the Greyhounds’ goalkeeper to put the Crusaders up 1-0. The Greyhounds tied the game 1-1 in the 77th minute with a goal from Dominic Marshall. In the 86th minute of play forward, Tommy Uttaro, ’14 scored an exceptional game-winning goal. This win moves the Crusaders a step closer to their goal of a Patriot League title.
Holy Cross is quickly emerging as one of the conferences most dangerous teams. The Crusaders currently hold a record of 3-4-1. They will be hosting American University on October 5th at 7:00 PM at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders are hoping to continue the positive momentum and capture their second-straight conference win.