WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Sarah Kelley (Bedford, N.H.) scored on an assist from freshman Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H.) just over a minute into overtime to give the Holy Cross women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Rider Sunday afternoon at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-4-1, while the Broncs fall to 4-3-2.
Junior Kelsey Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) got the Crusaders on the scoreboard 10 minutes into the first half when she scored her first goal of the season. Dillon took a cross from senior Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) and converted the goal from 18 yards out to give Holy Cross a 1-0 lead.
Rider's Kimberly Reichel evened the score at the 66:11 mark in the second half when teammate Jody Sokol recovered a loose ball just past the 18 yard mark and connected with Reichel for the goal. The game went back and forth for the remainder of the second half, but neither team was able to break the tie, forcing the game into overtime.
It only took the Crusaders one minute and 35 seconds of overtime action to earn the win, as Ransom connected with Kelley in front of the net for the game-winning goal. The goal is Kelley's first game-winning goal of her career and second goal of the season.
Senior Mary Ferketic (West Hartford, Conn.) earned her second win of the season, improving to 2-3-1. Ferketic allowed one goal on 12 Rider shots and made four saves. Rider keeper Alex Post allowed two goals on 13 Holy Cross shots and recorded four saves.
Holy Cross will open Patriot League action against Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3:00 p.m. at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester, Mass.