WORCESTER, Mass. - A goal by sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) gave Holy Cross the early lead and a follow up goal by sophomore forward Liz Early (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) put the game out of reach, as the Holy Cross women's soccer team defeated Central Connecticut State, 2-0, Friday night at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 3-1-1 on the season, while Central Connecticut falls to 2-2-1 overall.
Dillon got the Crusaders on the board when she scored her first career goal and eventual game winner at the 9:10 mark. Dillon scored the unassisted goal when she shot the ball past the Blue Devil keeper and into the low right corner of the net. Not to be outdone, Early made her mark in the Holy Cross history books at the 24:09 mark when she scored her first career goal off the corner kick by sophomore midfielder Micaela Collins (Skillman, N.J.). Holy Cross held CCSU scoreless for the remainder of the half, entering the locker room with the 2-0 lead.
The second half of action was full of tight defense and tough saves as the Crusaders did not allow any Blue Devil goals. Junior keeper Mary Ferketic (West Hartford, Conn.) help preserve the Holy Cross lead with three saves in the second half. Despite out shooting Holy Cross 6-1 in the second half, CCSU was unable to find the back of the net, falling to the Crusaders 2-0.
Ferketic made her presence known, allowing no goals on 10 Blue Devil shots and making four saves. CCSU keeper Caity Casey allowed two goals on seven Holy Cross shots and recorded one save.
Holy Cross travels to Siena on Sunday, Sept. 13 for a 1:00 p.m. game against the Saints. The Crusaders will return to Worcester on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for a 7:00 p.m. game with Wagner.