September 27, 2016
UPS AND DOWNS
Crusader men fall as Brown Bears claw back
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Holy Cross men’s team squandered a two-goal advantage, finishing with a numerical disadvantage in falling, 3-2, in overtime to Brown in a non-conference match at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium Tuesday night.
Freshman Luka Milidragovic and senior Joe Metzger scored their first collegiate goals in the first half for the Crusaders (5-4-0). Milidragovic finished the rebound of a Matt Villano shot after juior captain Brad Ross’ one-timer hit the post off a Metzger corner kick in the 26th minute. In the 36th minute, Metzger sent a penalty kick past Teo Norhagen.
The Bears (5-3-0) retaliated in the second half, midfielder Rodrigo D’Andrea finishing a 10-yarder in the 50th minute. In the 63rd minute, Crusaders sophomore Owen Azrak hit the post, then Holy Cross lost Arno Rupp to a 69th-minute red card.
The Bears equalized as Connor Gregory headed into the right side of the net off a Matthew Chow corner in the 76th minute. In the final minutes, Brown defender Jason Pesek hit the post with a free kick. Nate Pomeroy scored the deciding goal on a 25-yarder off a Nico Lozada feed in the 93rd minute.
“When we are up 2-0, we have to learn to put teams away and we didn't do that,” Holy Cross coach Marco Koolman said. “Therefore, we let them back in the game. We became complacent and I give credit to Brown for taking advantage. We didn’t follow the game plan as well as we have been this season.”