WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford senior Amelia Pereira recorded two goals and two assists for six points as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Hartford on Thursday evening at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium, 4-0. The Crusaders now hold a record of 2-4-1 overall on the season while the Hawks improve to 3-2-2.
The first half was evenly contested with Hartford outshooting the Crusaders by a tally of 5-4. Junior Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Gallagher (Duxbury, Mass.) each put a shot on goal for the Crusaders. Hartford stepped up its offensive attack just before halftime. Freshman Sidney Spremullo hit the post with just 1:15 remaining and soon after Pereira finally broke the scoreless tie. She struck a free kick from outside the box into the top right corner of the net with just two ticks remaining before halftime to give the Hawks the 1-0 advantage.
Hartford kept the pressure on in the second half, increasing its lead just 11:47 in. Junior Arielle Aikens sent a cross towards goal that Pereira headed over Crusader goalkeeper Ashlyn Angell (Raleigh, N.C.) for her second score of the game. Senior Caitlin Alves added the third goal for Hartford off a pass from Pereira, striking the ball off both posts before ending up in the back of the net with 24:00 remaining. Just 1:21 later, Aikens received a pass from Pereira and chipped it just over Angell's head to make the score 4-0.
The Crusaders were never able to mount a comeback as Hartford outshot Holy Cross 11-6 in the game. Angell suffered the loss and now holds a record of 1-3-0. Hartford goalkeeper Erin Quinlan recorded her second shutout of the season and is now 3-2-2 overall.
The Crusaders will return home to the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16, to face Delaware State at 1:00 p.m.