Men's Soccer Advances to Patriot League Tournament after Tying Holy Cross
Nov. 8, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's soccer team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the seventh-straight season after playing league opponent Holy Cross to a scoreless tie on Saturday afternoon in Easton. The draw extends the Leopards' unbeaten streak to seven and is their seventh shutout of the season.
Lafayette (8-5-5, 3-1-3) will earn the No. 3 or No. 4 seed depending on the outcome of Saturday night's Lehigh-Colgate match in Hamilton, N.Y. Holy Cross, American and Colgate have also earned trips to the tournament with seedings to be decided following tonight's game in Hamilton.
The Leopards, who honored the five seniors on the team prior to the start of the match, managed just six shots in what was a defensive battle for both teams. Sophomore B.J. Glenn took three of those shots, two of which were on goal. Lafayette goalie Philip Nelson made five saves for the Leopards and recorded his third shutout of the season.
Glenn took the match's first shot less than three minutes into play, pressuring Holy Cross goalie Thomas Booth into making his first of four saves. Sophomore Stephen Macurdy continued the offensive pressure with a shot at 16:53 but his scoring attempt was also stopped by Booth. The Crusaders managed only three shots in the opening half but Nelson came up with saves on all three. The half's final shot was taken by Glenn with 39:23 on the scoreboard
Both defenses stepped up their play in the second half as the Crusaders' stingy defense held Lafayette to only two shots while Holy Cross managed just three. Mike Celentano had Lafayette's final chance to score and avoid overtime with a shot that was saved by Booth at 78:45. Neither team had another look at goal, forcing overtime.
Lafayette was held without a shot in both overtime periods. Holy Cross took three shots in the first overtime, including a shot by Kyle Miller with less than a minute remaining, but Nelson came up with a huge save to preserve the shut out. In the second and final overtime session both teams were held without a shot as the game ended in a scoreless draw.
The Patriot League Tournament will be played on Nov. 14-16 at the site of the highest seeded team.
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