Men’s Soccer Suffers First League Loss at Holy Cross
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Lafayette men’s soccer team couldn’t find their offense on Friday evening in Worcester, Mass., suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holy Cross.
Senior goalkeeper Brad Seeber made his return to action after missing the last five games with an injury suffered in the match against Fairfield. The net-minder was excellent, making four saves on the day, including stellar efforts in the 20th and 78th minutes.
Midway through the opening half, Holy Cross worked an opportunity from about 12 yards out to the right of goal. Finding open space in front, Seeber stopped a strike with a diving save to his right to keep the home side scoreless.
Later in the second half, a punt from Holy Cross keeper Henry Stutz turned into a scoring chance for the Crusaders’ Arno Rupp. He ran under the long ball, but before he got a chance to crack a shot, Seeber charged and picked the ball off his feet with a one-hand stop.
Sophomore Evan Vare was the Leopards’ lone bright spot on the offensive end, finishing with four shots and three of them on target. One of those on-target tries came in the 34th minute, sending a right-to-left curling free kick opportunity from about 25 yards out off the fingertips of Stutz and out of play.
The first Holy Cross goal came in the 51st minute off the foot of Owen Azrak. The Crusader beat Seeber to the far post for the 1-0 advantage.
The second tally came late on a controversial counter play that looked to have a chance at being offsides. Instead, the Crusaders had a 2v1 on Seeber and Mason Brummett worked around him and calmly finished to ice it away.
Vare and classmate Ryan Goncalves did connect in the final minute, forcing a point-blank save from Stutz to keep the shutout, but that was all the Leopards could muster in the 2-0 loss.
Next up for the Maroon and White is return home on Wednesday to host Army at 7 p.m.