Army Set For PL Semifinal Match-Up Against Holy Cross

Winston Boldt

Winston Boldt

Nov. 14, 2013

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The second-seeded Army men's soccer team will make its first Patriot League Championship appearance since 1996 when it takes on third-seeded Holy Cross in the league semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The semifinals and the final will be hosted by top-seeded Navy.

Navy and Army each received a bye in the quarterfinals after finishing first and second, respectively. The Black Knights enter the match ranked ninth in the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll.

The Last Meeting
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Holy Cross2
October 30, 2013
Worcester, Mass.
Black Knights Suffer First PL Blemish, Fall To Holy Cross, 2-1
The Army men's soccer team dropped its first Patriot League match of the season, falling to Holy Cross, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. After the defeat, the Black Knights, who stand sixth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll, slip to 12-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in the conference, while the Crusaders improve to 7-6-1 and 5-2-0.

The game will be video streamed live on the Patriot League Network, and live stats will be available through GameTracker. Links to both outlets are available on the men's soccer schedule on the official website of Army Athletics (goARMYsports.com).

Army (12-3-2) is coming off a 1-0 double-overtime defeat to Navy last Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Junior goalkeeper Winston Boldtmade two saves in the match, as each team registered three shots on net.

Earlier this week, Boldt was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year while also drawing the conference's Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Boldt has posted a program-record 12 shutouts this season, a mark that currently leads the nation, and he also stands second in the country in save percentage (.892) and is fifth nationally in goals against average (.500). He has made 76 saves on the year, and ranks seventh in program history with 166 career stops.

Junior back and All-Patriot League Third Team selection Sean Mogan (three goals, three assists), and freshman forward Nick Williams (four goals, one assist) lead the Black Knights with nine points each, while freshman forward Ethan Spivack (four goals) has eight points. Among other offensive contributors are freshmen Alex Jaroscak (two goals, three assists), Patriot League Rookie of the Year Tanner Vosvick (two goals, two assists) and Christian Ollen(two goals, one assist).

Holy Cross (9-8-1) picked up a 3-0 win over No. 6 Colgate in the Patriot League Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday. Senior forward Josh Cintas notched a pair of goals, junior back Will Bowers added one, and sophomore goalie Kevin Wright made nine saves. Scoring leaders for the Crusaders include senior midfielder and All-Patriot League First Team honoree Monty Sanders (four goals, seven assists) and freshman forward Joey DeVivo (five goals, one assist). Wright has posted all nine of Holy Cross' wins to go along with three shutouts in 16 starts.

Army is 16-14-1 in its all-time series against Holy Cross. The Crusaders handed the Black Knights their first conference setback of the year, taking a 2-1 decision in Worcester, Mass., back on Oct. 30.

The winner of the match will meet either Navy or fourth-seeded Bucknell in the Patriot League Championship Final on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.

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