Holy Cross Women's Soccer Defeats Massachusetts 2-0

Liz Early

WORCESTER, Mass. - A penalty kick goal by senior Paige Harrison (Sutton, Mass.) put the Crusaders on the board and a second half goal by sophomore Biz Shenk (Chatham, N.J.) put the game out of reach as the Holy Cross women's soccer team defeated Massachusetts 2-0 on Friday night at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders (1-0) open the 2009 season undefeated and beat the Minutewomen (0-1) for the first time in Holy Cross history.

The Crusaders set the tone of the game early in the first half when sophomore Liz Early (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) took the first shot of the season, narrowly missing the goal as the ball deflected off the goalie and bounced off the crossbar. Holy Cross scored its first goal of the season at the 6:22 mark when Harrison converted on a penalty kick to put the Crusaders on the board. Holy Cross controlled the first half, out-shooting the Minutewomen 9-3.

Holy Cross continued to control the pace of the game in the second half and put the game out of reach for UMass in the 55th minute when Shenk scored her first career goal. Shenk took a pass from Early at the top of the box and put the ball in the corner of the net for the score. The Crusaders were able to hold off scoring attempts by Massachusetts to win the game 2-0.

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) guarded the net for the Crusaders, stopping two shots on goal and earning her first victory and shut out of the season. Lauren Luckey made the start in net for the Minutewomen, allowing two goals on eight shots on goal and suffering her first loss of the season.

The Crusaders continue action on Friday, Sept. 4 when they travel to Riverdale, N.Y. to face off with Manhattan College. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.