Women’s Soccer Plays UMass Lowell To Scoreless Tie

Tricia Giglio

WORCESTER, Mass. – A total of 13 shots on net were taken, but no goals scored as they Holy Cross women's soccer team played to a 0-0 stalemate with UMass Lowell on Tuesday evening at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders move to 2-8-4 on the season, while the River Hawks advance to 0-13-1 overall.

Holy Cross had multiple opportunities to score during the contest, but could not find the back of the net. In the 16th minute, Crusader junior midfielder Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) drove a shot from the right side, but UMass Lowell goalkeeper Jane Hatzikonstantis made the key save. The Crusaders would launch five more shots on net during the first half, could not get any past Hatzikonstantis. The Crusaders held advantages in shots (15-0) and shots on goal (6-0) during the first stanza.

The second half proved to be more balanced, but the Crusaders continued to gain scoring chances. Holy Cross sophomore forward Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) had a chance in the 64th minute, but it was stopped. In the 87th minute, sophomore midfielder Megan Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) ripped a shot on net, but it was pushed away by Hatzikonstantis. With just under two minutes left in regulation, Galvin found herself alone in the box with the ball, but the River Hawks' back line kicked the ball away before she could launch the point blank shot.

In the overtime periods, the Crusaders kept up the pressure. Holy Cross senior defender Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H.) had a shot on goal at the end of the first overtime and also a shot on net to begin the second extra session, but could not slip it past the goalie. UMass Lowell had a chance to end the game in the 103rd minute, but the shot from the middle of the box sailed over the net. The Crusaders would get two more shots on net in the last overtime period, but could not get any by Hatzikonstantis, as the two squads remained tied after 110 minutes of action.

Hatzikonstnatis made 12 saves in the contest, as Holy Cross freshman goalkeeper Brooke Holle (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) made one save and earned her first career shutout in her first collegiate start. The Crusaders held advantages in shots (30-3), shots on goal (12-1) and corner kicks (13-2). Greineder and Ransom led the Crusaders with three shots on goal apiece.

Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Oct. 18, when it will host Navy at 7:00 p.m.