WORCESTER, Mass. – After a scoreless first half, the Holy Cross women's soccer team couldn't keep pace with New Hampshire's offense, falling 3-1 to the Wildcats at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium Friday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-2-0 on the season, while the Wildcats pick up their second win of the year, improving to 2-0-2.
Tough defense and strong goaltending kept the first half of the game scoreless. At the 53:11 mark in the second half, New Hampshire broke through the shutout to score the first goal of the game. Alyssa Michel scored her first goal of the season on a cross by Brooke Duchaney to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Holy Cross responded at the 61:15 mark when freshman Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H.) scored on a corner kick by freshman Sarah Kelley (Bedford, N.H.) to tie the game. Just over seven minutes later, New Hampshire responded with a breakaway goal to take the lead and then put the game out of reach with a goal at the 71:25 mark to take a 3-1 lead.
Senior Mary Ferketic (West Hartford, Conn.) made her first start of the season in goal for the Crusaders. Ferketic allowed three goals on 11 New Hampshire shots and recorded four saves. New Hampshire goaltender Erica Correa picked up her second win of the season, allowing just one goal on 12 shots and recording five saves.
Holy Cross travels to Staten Island, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 5 for a 2:00 p.m. game against Wagner.