Berth Clinched: Victory over Holy Cross means playoffs for men’s soccer

Dominique Daniels , Staff Writer

With a 1-0 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 1, along with some help from Loyola and Navy, the men’s soccer team clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth last weekend.

Faced with cold and wet conditions, the Bison fought through and defeated the Crusaders. After a scoreless first half with much back-and-forth play, Jonathan Grad ’15 gave the Bison the lead after Jesse Klug’s ’16 shot was blocked. In the 79th minute, Grad tapped the rebound in, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Klug and Connor Willings ’16 were credited with the assist.

“We were very happy with the win against Holy Cross,” goalie Mike Lansing ’16 said. “It was a very sloppy game, but the win guaranteed us a spot in the playoffs. We have a full week to prepare for Boston University, and that game will determine where we are seeded in the tournament.”

The Orange and Blue defense played extremely well, having only allowed six shots the entire game. Clarke Fox ’16 saved all three shots that were on frame, claiming the team’s second straight shutout. This was also Fox’s fourth shutout of the season. Holy Cross had a chance in the final minutes to get on the board, but great team defense fought off the late push.

The Bison (8-9-1, 4-3-1 PL) will be back in action for Senior Day on Nov. 8 against Boston University at 5:30 p.m. This will be the final regular season game.

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