August 24, 2012

Women's Soccer Ties Providence, 1-1

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman forward Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) netted her first collegiate goal just 4:04 into the first half as the Holy Cross women's soccer team tied visiting Providence, 1-1, at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Friday night. The Friars answered with just under 19 minutes remaining and after two scoreless overtime periods, the two teams tied for the third time in the last six meetings. The Crusaders moved to 1-0-1 on the young season while Providence now holds a record of 1-1-1.

Holy Cross came out on the attack early with two scoring opportunities in the first five minutes. Junior Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y.) headed a ball from the six yard line at the 41:24 mark that Friar goalkeeper Jessica Goudreault was able to deflect just over the crossbar. Twenty-eight seconds later, Galvin received a pass along the six yard line from sophomore Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) and buried the ball in the top right corner of the net to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage. The Friars' best scoring chance of the first half came with 11:33 remaining when Alexia Shea took a shot from the 18 yard line that Holy Cross goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) was able to corral and keep the Crusaders in front going into the break.

Providence led the offensive attack in the second half, outshooting Holy Cross 11-0 with multiple scoring chances. McCabe made four excellent saves, but with 18:52 remaining Providence senior midfielder Mary Vercollone sent a low shot on the ground past the diving keeper and just inside the left goalpost to tie the game, 1-1.

The two overtime periods were evenly contested and neither team was able to tally the game-winner. Providence added two more shots on goal in the extra frames and outshot the Crusaders 23-4 on the evening. McCabe made 12 saves on 13 shots on goal in 110 minutes of action to move to 0-0-1 on the season while Goudreault made one save on two shots and is now 1-0-1.

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, Aug. 30, when the team travels to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant at 4:00 p.m.