September 14, 2007

Women's Soccer Defeats Sacred Heart In 2-1 Thriller

Sept. 14, 2007

Box Score 

WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.) scored two goals including the game-winner with just 50 seconds left in regulation as the Holy Cross women's soccer team defeated Sacred Heart, 2-1, at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in non-conference action on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-3 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 0-4 overall. Wright now leads the team with three goals and six points on the season. Sophomore Chelsi Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) assisted on both goals for her first two career collegiate points.

The Crusaders made it a 1-0 game when Wright scored her first goal of the game at the 28:50 mark. Pugliese sent a through pass from midfield to Wright who then went on a breakaway and fired the ball from the 18 into the net over the reach of Sacred Heart goalie Meghan Reichelt.

In the second half, Pugliese also prevented a Sacred Heart goal when she blocked the ball from going into the net on the goal line at the 65:00 mark. At the 71:51 mark, the Pioneers tied the game at 1-1 when Leigh Dogmantis scored her first goal of the season. Alex Mack had a shot blocked by a Holy Cross defender and then Dogmantis controlled the deflection and fired the ball from eight yards out into the goal.

With the game tied at 1-1, Wright scored her second goal of the game with 50 seconds left in regulation. After receiving a pass from sophomore Sarah Gouveia (East Greenwich, R.I.), Pugliese sent another perfect through ball to Wright on the left side of the Pioneer's box. Wright then blasted a shot into the goal.

Holy Cross senior goalie Jessica Pietrowicz (Worcester, Mass.) earned the win for the Crusaders to improve to 1-1 on the season as she made seven saves in the second half. Freshman Mary Ferketic (West Hartford, Conn.) stopped five shots for Holy Cross in the first half. Meghan Reichelt made six saves for the Pioneers.

The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, September 16, when they travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to play Siena at 1:00 p.m.