Oct. 25, 2008
WASHINGTON - Junior left back Dor Yasur had been dangerously close to scoring his first collegiate goal recently and finally inked his name in the box score with a tally in the 65th minute to lead the American University men's soccer team to a 1-0 Patriot League victory over rival Holy Cross on Saturday at Reeves Field. The Eagles are now the lone unbeaten team in the conference with three PL games remaining, after knocking off the previously unbeaten Crusaders.
American (7-5-2, 3-0-1 PL) held the majority of the possession throughout the first half and outplayed Holy Cross in all aspects of the game, but was not able to find success in the final third of the field. Nick Kapus provided the Eagles with a spark off the bench, when he was inserted up top in the 32nd minute and nearly scored seven minutes later when he forced Crusaders keeper Thomas Booth to make a great save to keep the scoreless tie intact. Despite the AU dominance, the first half ended knotted up at zero.
The Eagles picked up right where they left off in the first half, and despite the terrible weather were able to play quickly to feet and keep the ball in the Crusaders end of the field. Yasur broke the tie at 65:19 when he carried the ball down the left flank and cut into goal and unleashed a 35 yard shot to the upper right corner that Booth was not able to handle, give AU a 1-0 lead.
Holy Cross (7-4-3, 3-1-1 PL) had a pair of chances in the closing minutes of play to force overtime, but American goalkeeper Matt Makowski was up to the task, stiffing Kyle Miller on a pair of challenging shots.
"This was the best game we've played this season," said AU head coach Todd West. "Our possession and defense was great and from our goalkeeper to the forwards, we put together a total performance."
The Eagles held a 9-7 advantage in shots. Makowski made four shots in recording his third-straight conference shutout and fifth of the season. Booth made six saves for the Crusaders.
American will play at Virginia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, before embarking on a road trip across upstate New York to take on Colgate and Army next weekend.