WORCESTER, Mass. – The women's soccer team proved that sometimes quality is better than quantity as Holy Cross came out victorious over Bryant (3-3-1) by a score of 1-0 despite being outshot 16-5 for the evening. With 43 seconds remaining in regulation play, freshman Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) scored the winning goal in dramatic fashion off an assist by senior Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.).
The Crusaders opened the game with a very fast tempo and kept most of the action on the Bryant half of the field during the opening five minutes of the game. As the skies darkened, Bryant shifted the momentum in their favor and created numerous scoring opportunities late in the first half and throughout much of the remainder of the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I) turned out another dynamic performance in the net for the Crusaders. McCabe collected another eight saves against Bryant, none bigger than a fully-extended dive to the right that denied a sharp one-timer by Shana Follette of the Bulldogs with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
With the game scoreless and the crowd prepared for overtime as the final moment approached, Wright was able to create space deep in the Bryant defense and direct a ball from the left side across the six toward the far side of the goal. Righini finished the play with a terrific effort by re-directing the ball with her head and burying it into the back of the net in the final minute to claim the win.
With the win, the Crusaders move to 2-4-0 on the season. Next up for the women's soccer team is a trip to Hamden, Conn. on Sunday, September 18 for a match against Quinnipiac. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.