Nov. 13, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's soccer has a date with conference rival Holy Cross in the Patriot League semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. at Colgate University. The winner of the match will face off against the winner of the semifinal that features host Colgate and Lafayette on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Eagles (9-7-2) are the second seed heading into the tournament and have already defeated the third-seeded Crusaders earlier in the season by a 1-0 margin on Oct. 24 at Reeves Field. Dor Yasur scored the game-winner on a 35-yard shot in wet conditions over AU's alumni weekend.
Holy Cross (8-4-3) enters the tournament on a three-game unbeaten streak, defeating No. 19 Boston College and Army, while tying Lafayette in the season finale. This will be the 10th meeting between the two squads, with the Crusaders holding a 5-3-1 record over the Eagles. The two teams have played in four overtime matches, including a four-overtime clash in the Patriot League Tournament in 2001, in which American was crowned champions.
"We are excited to have earned the opportunity to compete for this year's Patriot League Championship," said AU head coach Todd West. "Our seniors played in the PL final as freshmen and have worked diligently to get another chance for a PL title and NCAA tournament bid. The teams in this Patriot League tournament appear to be as evenly matched as ever before and we anticipate an extremely competitive semi- final and, hopefully, final."
The games will all be available through the Patriot League All-Access Package on www.PatriotLeague.com.