September 3, 2013

Women’s Soccer Drops 1-0 Contest To Manhattan

WORCESTER, Mass. – Janie Schlauder broke a scoreless tie with 3:45 left in regulation as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Manhattan, 1-0, on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3, while the Jaspers improve to 2-2.

At 22:00 of the first half the Crusaders created a scoring opportunity when senior captain Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y.) sent a corner kick to freshman Claire Malone (Glen Ridge, N.J.) as her header went just over the net. At 30:42, Manhattan took the first shot on goal as junior goalie Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) made a save on an attempt by Schlauder. Just 23 seconds later, freshman Christina Napolitano (Concord, Mass.) had a shot saved by Manhattan goalie Kristen Skonieczny. At 38:05, McCabe kept the Jaspers off the scoreboard when she made a save on a charging Tara Teal. The Crusaders earned another strong scoring opportunity when sophomore Lindsey O'Neil (Braintree, Mass.) sent a header to the lower right corner of the goal off a corner kick by Muzik at 41:15, but Skonieczny was able to secure the ball as the half ended scoreless.

At 57:50, Skonieczny went rushing out of the net and made a save on a breakaway by sophomore Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) and then Galvin was able to send the rebound to the net but it was cleared off the line by Manhattan's Shannon Barry. Then at 81:30, sophomore Megan Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) blasted a shot that just went over the upper right corner of the goal. Manhattan netted the only goal of the game when Martine Diamond sent a crossing pass that was deflected and then bounced to Schlauder who found the back of the net for her team-best second goal of the season. The Crusaders were unable to score the equalizer for the 1-0 final.  
McCabe made three saves, while Skonieczny also posted three saves to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the season. The Crusaders outshot the Jaspers, 18-11 overall, as each team took four shots on goal. The Crusaders took nine corner kicks and the Jaspers took three.

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8, when it travels to Quinnipiac for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.