Sept. 12, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- Sophomore midfielder Casey Boland (Langshorne, Pa.) scored two goals and added an assist as the Holy Cross women's soccer team defeated Albany, 5-1 in non-conference action, on Tuesday night at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4-1 overall, while the Great Danes fall to 1-6-1 overall.
The Crusaders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Boland netted her first goal of the game at just 1:15 into the match. Freshman Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) sent a cross that was reflected off an Albany defender, and then Boland controlled the ball and shot it onto the right corner of net from the left side of the box over Albany goalie Maria Liguori.
At the 18:20 mark, Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 when freshman Paige Harrison (Sutton, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal with an assist by Boland. The Crusaders made it a 3-0 game at the 27:22 mark, when Boland scored her second goal of the game off a rebound from a shot by junior Meighan Kelly (Colts Neck, N.J.).
The Great Danes cut into the deficit 10 minutes later with an unassisted goal by Jaclyn Rosada who blasted a shot from well outside the 18 into the top middle of the net.
In the second half, Stand scored her team leading third goal of the season at the 51:30 mark when she knocked in a rebound from a shot by senior Kristen Locke (Martinsville, N.J.) that hit the crossbar. Locke then scored the final goal of the game at 72:17 from an assist by freshman Megan Metzger (Warwick, N.Y.).
Junior goalie Jessica Pietrowicz (Worcester, Mass.) made three saves to earn the win, while Liguori stopped one shot in the first 31:13 and Ashley Nuessle made six saves in the final 58:47. Holy Cross outshot Albany by an 18-12 margin.
Senior captain Lisa DeMari (Plymouth, Mass.) played in her first game since the 2004 season after recovering from two separate knee surgeries.
The Crusaders return to action when they host Boston College at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium on Sunday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.