Black Knights Suffer First PL Blemish, Fall To Holy Cross, 2-1

Trase Stapley

Trase Stapley

Oct. 30, 2013

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WORCESTER, Mass. - The Army men's soccer team dropped its first Patriot League match of the season, falling to Holy Cross, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. After the defeat, the Black Knights, who stand sixth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll, slip to 12-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in the conference, while the Crusaders improve to 7-6-1 and 5-2-0.

Junior back Sean Mogan scored his third goal of the year for Army, while junior goalkeeper Winston Boldtmade five saves.

Holy Cross received goals from senior midfielder Monty Sanders and junior back Will Bowers, and sophomore keeper Kevin Wright stopped four shots.

Boldt was tested early in the first half, making diving saves in the 14th and 29th minutes, respectively, to keep Holy Cross off the board. Freshman midfielder Alex Jaroscakhad a point-blank opportunity for Army 19:30 into the match, but Wright made the stop before collecting the ensuing rebound to snuff out the threat. Mogan followed with a shot just 1:30 later, but, like Jaroscak's attempt, couldn't solve Wright. With just 19 seconds left in the opening half, Bowers headed home a free kick from the right edge of the 18-yard box to put the Crusaders in front, 1-0, as they entered the half with a 7-3 shots advantage over the Black Knights.

After sending three shots wide in the second half's first 8:10, the Black Knights knotted up the match in the 57th minute when Mogan headed in a pass from freshman back Trase Stapley. The match didn't stay level for long, as Sanders buried a chance just 1:28 later to put the Crusaders back up by one. Junior back Tommy Jaegerdrilled a shot off Holy Cross' post with 11:05 left in the contest as Army ramped up its pressure. The Black Knights took four of their 13 second-half shots in their pursuit of an equalizer during the final 7:35, but couldn't get anything past Holy Cross' back line.

"Full credit to Holy Cross," said Army men's soccer head coach Russell Payne. "They did a better job with their chances tonight. This is an opportunity for us to refocus on the details that have gotten us to this point."

Army returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a 2 p.m. contest at Lafayette before heading to Chester, Pa., to battle Navy in its season finale at PPL Park on Friday, Nov. 8.

Match Notes: Army falls to 16-14-1 all-time versus Holy Cross ... Wednesday's setback snaps the Black Knights' seven-game winning streak ... with the victory, Holy Cross becomes the third team to clinch a spot in the Patriot League Championship (Army, Navy).

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