WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior midfielder Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) tallied the game-winning goal and also chipped in with an assist, as the Crusaders topped Lafayette, 3-1, in Patriot League women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the victory, Holy Cross improves to 2-7-3 overall and 2-2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fall to 5-5-1 on the season and 1-3-0 in the conference.
Lafayette struck first in the 21st minute, as Kaelin King netted her third goal of the season. She gathered the ball at the top of the box and slipped it into the back of the net to put the Leopards ahead 1-0. The Crusaders, however, countered just over five minutes later at the 25:26 mark of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Megan Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) tallied her first collegiate goal, as she ripped a shot from 20 yards out that hit the top of the crossbar and into the back of the net, which knotted the score at 1-1.
The Crusaders kept up the intensity over the next 10 minutes of action and it paid off in the 35th minute. Holy Cross sophomore forward Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) shot the ball from the left side and Righini tipped it past the goalkeeper to put the Crusaders ahead 2-1. The goal was Righini's first of the season and the helper was Galvin's first of her career.
In the second half, Holy Cross added an insurance marker at the 65:19 mark of action. Righini fed a pass to Galvin on the left side of the box and the second-year forward drove home a shot from five-yards out to put Holy Cross on top 3-1.
Lafayette would not go down without a fight, however, as King had a shot on net at the 76:12 mark of the game, but Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) made the save. The Leopards also registered a shot on net in the 82nd minute, but again McCabe made the key stop. King gave the Leopards one final chance to cut the deficit in the 89th minute, but her shot went wide of the net.
McCabe made three saves in the winning effort for the Crusaders, while Lafayette goalkeeper Danielle Sedillo also made a trio of stops. The Crusaders held the advantages in shots (12-10) and shots on goal (6-4), while the Leopards had two corner kicks to Holy Cross' zero.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, when it will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Patriot League rival Colgate at 4:30 p.m.