WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross’ Arno Rupp scored two second half goals to counter another sensational strike from Bucknell’s Bernie Wright, and the host Crusaders prevailed 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium.
Bucknell saw its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross improved to 4-3-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the league.
The Bison led 1-0 at the half as the red-hot Wright recorded a point for the fourth straight game and scored a goal for the third time in the last four. A Nick King corner kick in the 21st minute was headed away by the defense, but at the top of the 18 Wright stepped in and smashed a shot off the far post and into the back of the net.
The Crusaders controlled the second 45 minutes, however, outshooting Bucknell 10-2 and finding a pair of goals from Rupp, their 6’3” Austrian striker. The equalizer came on a counter-attack in the 55th minute, as Rupp headed in a back-post service from Sean Merrick.
In the 71st minute, Tyler Bell tip-toed along the end line and slid a pass to Rupp for the tap-in goal. Rupp finished with a game-high seven shots, five on goal.
“Holy Cross made good halftime adjustments, and our young group hopefully learned some lessons from today,” said head coach Brendan Nash. “We just have to learn from our mistakes and move on to the next one.”
Holy Cross finished with a 13-6 shot advantage. Bucknell’s only attempt on frame was the Wright goal, while Ryan Ott made six saves at the other end. The Bison led 6-4 in corner kicks.
Bucknell travels to Howard for a non-league game on Tuesday night before resuming Patriot League play at Colgate next Saturday.