WORCESTER, Mass. – American senior forward Jasmine Mohandesi scored the only goal of the contest in the 27th minute to help propel the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Holy Cross women's soccer team at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium on Friday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders slip to 6-9-1 on the season and 2-3-0 in the Patriot League. American improves to 6-8-2 overall and 4-1-0 in the conference.
The goal, Mohandesi's fifth of the season, was from the top of the goalie box. She lobbed the ball up high as it barely went by the outstretched arm of Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.).
The Crusaders would have several chances to knot the score through the remainder of the game. In the 30th minute, freshman forward Jenna Scanlon (Auburn, Mass.) lofted a similar shot like Mohandesi's, but the ball struck the woodwork and was cleared out of the zone.
In the second half, Holy Cross had an opportunity to tie the score in the 50th minute as sophomore midfield Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) fired a shot from point blank range that was pushed aside by Eagles net minder Charlene Belanger.
With less than four minutes left in regulation, the Crusaders looked to send the game to overtime, but the American defense stood tall. Holy Cross launched a corner kick into the box, where they would rattle off three consecutive shots that were stopped. Senior forward Hannah Earner (Pembroke, Mass.) launched the first shot and sophomore defender Ally Pasquariello (Suffield, Conn.) fired the second shot, but both were team saved by the Eagles defenders. The final shot by Righini was gathered by Belanger.
McCabe made three saves in the defeat while Belanger made seven stops to pick up her fourth shutout of the season.
The Crusaders outshot American 15-9 in the game including a 10-4 clip in the second half. Holy Cross also held the 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, October 21, as they will host Navy for a Patriot League matchup at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the women's soccer program will recognize the six members of the senior class in a brief ceremony.