September 22, 2006

Holy Cross Women's Soccer Edged By Sacred Heart, 3-2

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart's Britney Dupee scored two goals including the game-winner at the 84:24 mark as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Sacred Heart, 3-2, in non-conference action on Friday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6-1 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 1-8-0.

In a contest where both teams had missed several scoring opportunities, Sacred Heart, who started the year 0-8, came up empty on three breakaways in the opening half against Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Jessica Pietrowicz (Worcester, Mass.).

The Pioneers received a big momentum swing with 2:57 left in the first half, when junior defender Patricia Santangelo threw in a perfect pass to the box where midfielder Dupee managed to get her head on the ball off the bounce and into the back of the net. Dupee's first goal of the season gave the Pioneers a 1-0 advantage heading into the locker room.

At the 54:37 mark, Holy Cross came roaring back as junior Meighan Kelly (Colts Neck, N.J.) weaved through the Pioneers defense and blasted a shot past Sacred Heart goaltender Ashley Mocarski off the low left post to even the score at one apiece. The goal marked the first of the season for Kelly.

The Pioneers answered back 1:14 later when senior forward Leslie Morales received and deflected a pass from junior Allison Rojas into the goal past Pietrowicz for her first score of the campaign.

To continue the back and forth streak at the 57:45 mark, the Crusaders evened the score once again at 2-2, when sophomore Casey Boland (Langhorne, Pa.) buried a penalty shot for her third goal of the year.

Strong defense on both sides took over until the 84:24 mark when Dupee scored the game-winner on another header off another pass by Santangelo.

Pietrowicz made eight saves, while Sacred Heart's Mocarski turned away three shots. The Pioneers held a slim advantage on shots, 16-14.

The Crusaders return to action when they host Quinnipiac at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Sunday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m.