WORCESTER, Mass. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team drew even with Holy Cross with 10 minutes to play Wednesday night, but the host Crusaders won the game with a goal in the 87th minute to win the game 2-1 at Smith Soccer Stadium.
Sacred Heart (2-5) outshot Holy Cross (1-3-1) 6-4 in the first half, but Crusaders goalkeeper Kevin Wright made five saves in the first half to keep the match scoreless into halftime. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard in the 58th minute when Tommy Uttaro knocked a loose ball inside the 18-yard box past Pioneers goalkeeper Dylan Strachan (Fairfield, Conn.) to make the score 1-1.
The Pioneers tied the game in the 80th minute. Aaron Burrell (Tampa, Fla.) fed a pass to Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.), who hit a shot from the top of the box into the net for his second goal of the season. Sacred Heart had a chance to take the lead with under six minutes to play but Andrew Butterworth's (Haverhill, Mass.) attempt at goal went wide. Holy Cross then took the lead back for good two minutes later. Monty Sanders scored off a free kick in the 87th minute to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.
Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart 12-10 for the game, including an 8-4 margin in the second half. Kieran Walsh (River Vale, N.J.) led the Pioneers with three shots as Kafel had both of his shots Wednesday go towards goal.
Sacred Heart is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21 when the Pioneers travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Marist. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.