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November 5, 2016
Crusader men can't catch Greyhounds

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Holy Cross men’s team concluded the season with a 10-match winless streak, falling, 1-0, to Loyola in a Patriot League match at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium Saturday.

The Crusaders (5-10-3 overall, 1-5-3 PL), who outshot the Greyhounds (8-6-3, 6-1-2), 13-10, threatened early as Joey DeVivo’s close-range volley was stopped by a Matt Sanchez kick save in the eighth minute. Holy Cross freshman Bobby Hurstak (four saves) made a 60th-minute stop on a shot by Nico Brown.

Loyola broke the deadlock as Brian Saramago converted an 80th-minute penalty kick after a handling foul. The Crusaders rallied as senior Matt Villano sent a 22-yarder, Sanchez making a diving save in the 86th minute.

“This is another one of those games that you have to win and we certainly had chances to score particularly in the first half,” HC coach Marco Koolman said. “I thought the second half was a little more even and unfortunately their goal was on a penalty kick. I think we played very well, especially in the first half. But we have to move on and prepare for next year.”

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