Luke Melody '16 in the Crusaders’ Nov. 9 victory at Lehigh. Photo by GoHolyCross.com
The men’s soccer victory over Lehigh on Nov. 9, its sixth this season against Patriot League opponents, not only tied the school record for most Patriot League victories in a single season, it also catapulted the team to another coveted position: a home tournament game.
The Crusaders will be the No. 3 seed in the six-team Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 6 seed Colgate (4-13-2 overall, 3-5-1 PL) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 12 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
The victory over Lehigh came down to a single goal. With the game tied at 1-1 in the second half, sophomore Luke Melody, of Mansfield, Conn., scored the game-winner at 64:30, and goalkeeper Kevin Wright ‘16, of McKinney, Texas, had three saves to hold the final 2-1 score. With the win, the Crusaders conclude the regular season with an 8-8-1 overall record (6-3-0 PL), while the Mountain Hawks fall to 2-14-1 overall (1-8-0 PL).
“This was a very important win,” said Holy Cross head coach Marco Koolman. “We wanted to enter the Patriot League Tournament on a victory and we wanted to clinch the No. 3 seed. This was our best offensive game of the season as we created a variety of scoring opportunities especially in the second half. This was a great win as we prepare for the quarterfinal game on Tuesday.”
The winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal game will move on to the semifinals on Nov. 15 in Annapolis, Md. Holy Cross defeated the Colgate Raiders, 3-2 in overtime in Hamilton, N.Y., earlier this season on Oct. 19. The Crusaders’ eight overall wins are their most since going 9-5-5 in 2008.