Sept. 12, 2012
The men's soccer team came from behind to defeat Holy Cross, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Glay Field. Sophomore defender Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) netted the game-winning goal at 82:48 when he headed home a corner kick by junior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.). With the win, the Friars improved to 2-4-1 on the season, while Holy Cross dropped to 0-4-0.
With the Friars trailing 1-0 in the second half, senior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) gathered a pass from red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) just outside the Holy Cross box, took two touches to his right and fired a shot inside the near post to tie the game at 1-1. With the score tied, Adler rose above the crowd gathered in front of the Crusader goal to place his header just under the cross bar. It marked Adler's first goal of the season and the second of his career.
In net, red shirt senior Byron Regester (Westerville, Ohio) made two saves to earn his first career win with the Friars. His counterpart Michael Thompson made five saves in the Holy Cross net, including three in the second half to keep the Crusaders in the match. All told, the Friars outshot Holy Cross 19-6 and earned nine corner kicks to the Crusaders' two.
Following a restart from just inside midfield, Andrew Rhodes gave Holy Cross a 1-0 lead at 38:19 when he picked up a loose ball in the Friar box and knocked the ball past Regester from two yards out for his first goal of the season. About two minutes later, the Friars had a chance to equalize, also off a restart, when sophomore Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) sent a ball to the top of the Holy Cross box that Cintron headed towards the near post, but Crusader goalkeeper Thompson pushed the ball to the outside of the post.
The Friars return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 in Tampa, Fla., when they open BIG EAST play at South Florida.