Sept. 9, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Freshman Ryan Hall scored his first career goal in the 81st minute and Thomas Booth made three saves as the Crusader defense held strong to preserve a 1-0 victory over Sacred Heart in men's soccer action Tuesday afternoon at a soggy Campus Field.
Hall's marker, a header from the middle of the box, was set up by senior Alejandro Melean. After the Pioneers were called for a foul, Melean set up for a free kick from the left side of the field. He lobbed the ball far across the field and Hall leapt and was able to just get his head on the ball and direct it into the far corner of the net for the goal.
The tally was the culmination of a game that saw both teams waste several good scoring opportunities. SHU junior Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden) appeared to have several good scoring chances, but was called for off-sides three times. He led the team with five shots, but only two of those were on goal.
In the 64th minute junior Denis Brunotte (Flintbek, Germany) rifled a shot towards the goal from 30 yards out. Booth moved over to block it with his body and a hard rebound resulted. Had a SHU player been the area, it would have resulted in another scoring chance. However, the Crusader defender was able to corral the loose ball first and clear the box. Perhaps the Pioneers best chance came in the final minutes when senior Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) fired a shot from the top of the box that missed the far corner of the goal by just inches.
Holy Cross had chances to score as well, as they recorded more shots on goal than Sacred Heart, by a 6-3 margin. Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) was able to keep the Pioneers in the game by making five saves on the afternoon while Booth made three saves to record the shutout.
The Pioneers are back in action Friday night when they visit Adelphi. Game time is set for 8:00 pm.