WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite a strong second half push, the Holy Cross women's soccer team came up a little short this afternoon in a 2-1 loss to Colgate. After today's action, Holy Cross moves to 2-9-2 on the season (0-3-0 Patriot League) while Colgate now sits at 9-4-1 overall (2-0-1 Patriot League).
Colgate controlled the tempo early on the warm, 80 degree day in Worcester and struck first at 12:36 of the first half. Colgate's Jillian Kinter was the recipient of a through ball down the middle of the field from the foot of Klara Jenkins and found the lower left corner of the Holy Cross goal on her shot to give the Raiders the early 1-0 advantage.
The Crusaders were determined to strike back and almost tied the game in the 26th minute when freshman Molly Briggs (Hershey, Pa.) took the first touch off a Holy Cross corner kick and sent a low, line-drive shot at the Colgate net that required a difficult save from the Raider goalkeeper. The match went into halftime with the score Colgate 1, Holy Cross 0.
Persistence paid off as Holy Cross came out strong into the second half, keeping much of the action on the Colgate side of the field. Five minutes into the half, freshman Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) began to break loose with the ball through the middle of the Colgate defense and had to be brought down from behind by a Raider defender to avoid a one-on-one breakaway with the goalkeeper. Righini's efforts earned Holy Cross a free kick from 25 yards out. Junior Maura Fox (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck the free kick towards the Colgate goal where senior Lauren Wright was able to make a deflection on the ball to score the tying goal. Wright's first goal of the season came in the 51st minute and brought the Crusaders back to even with Colgate at 1-1.
In the 61st minute of the match, Colgate regained the lead off a set piece from the right side of the field. Caroline Brawner received a short square pass from Chelsea Roche on a free kick and was able to drive a strong, left-footed effort into the far side of the Crusader goal. The goal gave Colgate the lead once again and turned out to be the eventual game winner in the 2-1 final decision in favor of the Raiders.
Holy Cross continues Patriot League action next weekend when they travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.