Aug. 24, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to New Hampshire, 2-1, in the season-opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Sophomore Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.) scored the Crusaders' first goal of the year. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1, while the Wildcats begin the year 1-0.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at the 21:24 mark of the first half, when Michelle Sheehan scored New Hampshire's first goal of the year. Sheehan controlled a pass from Amy Avitabile and then fired a shot from 18 yards out into the upper middle half of the net.
Holy Cross started the second half off strong with freshman Kelsey Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) launching a shot from 20 yards out directly in front of the goal at the 62:00 mark. New Hampshire goalie Ally Yost jumped to make the save, just barely tipping Dillon's attempt over the top of the net. The Wildcats would go onto take a 2-0 advantage when Caitlin Whelan scored the second goal of the day at the 77:34 mark. Whelan blasted a shot from 18 yards out into the right side of the net after receiving a pass from Avitabile, who earned her second assist of the day.
With less than three minutes left in the game at the 87:55 mark, junior Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) sent a crossing pass towards the middle of the goalie box which enabled Wright to head a shot successfully into the right hand corner of the goal to make the score 2-1. Wright earned her first goal of the season and her sixth goal of her collegiate career. New Hampshire was able to prevent Holy Cross from scoring in the final two minutes to secure the 2-1 victory.
Holy Cross junior goalie Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) played the entire game and made seven saves for the Crusaders, while Yost stopped five shots for the Wildcats.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, August 29, when they host St. Francis (Pa.) at 2:00 p.m.