August 29, 2008

Women's Soccer Defeated By St. Francis (Pa.), 4-2

Aug. 29, 2008

Box Score 

WORCESTER, Mass. - St. Francis' (Pa.) Traci Flick scored three consecutive goals as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to the Red Flash, 4-2, on Friday afternoon at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Junior Paige Harrison (Sutton, Mass) and freshman Katherine Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H) each scored a goal for the Crusaders. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2, while the Red Flash improve to 1-0-1.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at the 16:27 mark in the first half, when sophomore Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.) was fouled as she was charging into the goal box, resulting in a penalty kick. Harrison was elected to take the penalty shot, launching the ball into the lower left corner of the net past St. Francis goalie Lauren Fearer. Harrison scored her first goal of the season and the second goal of her collegiate career. Only six minutes later, at the 22:03 mark, Holy Cross would take a 2-0 lead after Donnelly controlled a pass from Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) and rushed towards the goal. After passing several defenders, Donnelly was left alone with the Red Flash goalie and was able to score on a breakaway, firing the ball into the upper left corner of the net. This was the first goal of Donnelly's collegiate career. The Crusaders were able to maintain the shutout until only a minute remained in the first half, when Lauren Compton sent a crossing pass to Jennilee Morrison, who tipped the ball into the lower right corner of the net at the 43:52 mark.

The second period would belong to Flick, as she tied the game for the Red Flash when she received a crossing pass from Denise Eckert and blasted the ball into the lower left corner of the net at the 69:39 mark. Only three minutes later, at the 72:58 mark, Flick would strike again, receiving a pass from Alanna Vespa and heading it into the upper left corner of the net. Flick's third goal of the game, which gave St. Francis a two goal advantage, came at the 78:25 mark, when Natalie Santoleri sent a crossing pass to Flick which enabled her to jettison the ball into the upper middle of the net. St. Francis was able prevent Holy Cross from scoring in the final 12 minutes to secure the 4-2 victory.

Holy Cross junior goalie Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) made three saves for the Crusaders, while Fearer stopped three shots for the Red Flash.

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, September 4, when they travel to Providence to take on the Friars at 4:00 p.m.