Worcester, Mass. - Shane Regan's first career goal in the opening minutes of the second half led Holy Cross to a 1-0 victory over UAlbany in a non-conference men's soccer match on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.
The scoreless first half did not feature many good opportunities for either team to get on the scoreboard. The first and only shot on net of the opening stanza came in the 43rd minute, when the Crusaders' Ethan Tarricone sent in a bullet which was saved by UAlbany goalkeeper Adrian Foncette.
Holy Cross (2-6), which advanced to last season's Patriot League title match, got the only goal it needed just 1:11 after the break. Ryan O'Hanlon deflected a free kick off the post. The ball bounced to the foot of Regan, who buried it to the left corner from the penalty area.
UAlbany threatened to net the equalizer shortly after the goal was scored, but Crusader goalkeeper Thomas Booth, an all-conference second-team selection last year, made consecutive saves on shot attempts by Bo Jelovac and Rikkert Pilaar. The Great Danes also earned four of their five corner kicks in the second half, but the visitors could not find the back of the net and settled for their fourth one-goal defeat of the season.
Foncette made three saves on nine opportunities for the Great Danes in the losing effort. The Crusaders' Booth stopped two of the six shots he saw to earn the victory .
UAlbany (0-7-2) will open up America East Conference play when it hosts Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.
UAlbany (0-7-2) 0 0 - 0
Holy Cross (2-6) 0 1 - 1
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information