Sept. 19, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CONN. - The Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Fairfield University, 2-1, on Friday, September 19 at Lessing Field. Freshman midfielder Katherine Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a goal for the Crusaders but it was not enough to overcome the Stags. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 0-7, while Fairfield improves to 7-1.
The two teams played to a scoreless draw at halftime, with both defenses placing tremendous amounts of pressure on the opposing offense. Less than four minutes into the second period, at the 48:05 mark, Donnelly dribbled around the Fairfield defenders and launched a shot that just barely grazed the left goal post and soared perfectly into the bottom corner of the net. This is Donnelly's second goal of the season and momentarily gave the Crusaders the 1-0 advantage.
Holy Cross's lead would be short lived, however, when at the 62:26 mark, Casey Frobey sent a crossing pass from 18 yards out to Chrissie Sidie who headed the ball into the right corner of the Crusader goal. Less than five minutes later, at the 67:08 mark, the Stags would strike again when Spenser Allaway controlled a pass from Jasmin Corniel and fired a shot into the upper right side of the net. Allaway's goal gave Fairfield the 2-1 advantage. The Stags were able to prevent Holy Cross from scoring for the remainder of the game to cement their seventh straight victory.
Junior goalie Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) stopped 11 shots for the Crusaders while Bridget Nerich made five saves for the Stags.
The Crusaders hope to record their first win of the season when they return to action on Sunday, September 21, when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to take on Wagner at 1:00 p.m.