Sept. 14, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Massachusetts, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday, September 14 at Rudd Field. Junior Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Crusaders, but it was not enough to stop the Minutewomen. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 0-6, while Massachusetts improves to 2-1-2.
The Minutewomen charged the Holy Cross defense to start off the game, scoring Massachusetts' first goal of the day less than two minutes after the contest began. At the 1:45 mark, senior Vanessa Patry fired the ball towards the Crusader goal from 18 yards out. The ball deflected off of the left goal post and landed perfectly in front of senior Vanessa Lima, who shot the ball high into the upper part of the net.
Only 20 minutes later the Crusaders would strike back when freshman Katherine Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H.) jettisoned the ball up the field to Stand, who maneuvered her way around the Massachusetts defenders and launched a shot from twenty yards out, which soared powerfully into the far left side of the net, making the score, 1-1 at the 22:59 mark. This was the last goal that would be scored for the next 80 minutes of play.
It was not until the 101:54 mark, in the second overtime, when the Minutewomen ended the game in their favor. After Holy Cross kicked the ball out of bounds on its goal-side, sophomore Therese Smith took the corner kick for Massachusetts. Smith sent a crossing pass to Patry, who headed the ball into the right corner of the net for the win.
Holy Cross junior goalie Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) made four saves for the Crusaders while junior Lauren Luckey made five saves for the Minutewomen.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, September 19, when they travel to Fairfield for a game scheduled at 7:00 p.m.