WASHINGTON, D.C. – After three difficult one goal losses in a row, the Holy Cross women's soccer team rallied together and earned a 1-1 double-overtime draw at American earlier today. The tie brings the Crusaders to an overall record of 2-11-3 (0-4-1 Patriot League) while American now stands at 5-10-2 (1-3-1 Patriot League).
Holy Cross struck first when freshman Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 34th minute of the game. Righini took the ball down the left side of the field, made a cut to the inside and beat the Eagle goalkeeper from 15 yards out. The goal gave Holy Cross a 1-0 lead which remained into the second half.
The Crusaders nearly expanded their lead in the 51st minute when sophomore Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H.) had a point blank shot robbed by the American goalkeeper. That save turned out to be important as American tied the game 10 minutes later on a 61st minute goal by Michelle Montilio, assisted by Jasmine Mohandesi.
The final 29 minutes of regulation remained at a stalemate and the game went into overtime tied 1-1. Both teams were held without a shot on goal during the two overtime periods and the match ended in a 1-1 double-overtime draw.
Holy Cross will rest up tomorrow and then make the short trip over to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy before heading home. The match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, October 23.