Sept. 24, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior forward Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) scored a pair of goals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's soccer team was defeated by Siena 3-2 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders fall to 1-8 on the season with the loss, while the Saints improve to 6-0-1.
Siena took a 1-0 lead at the 20:35-mark on a goal by Stephanie DiMari. After stealing the ball from a Holy Cross defender in the upper right corner of the penalty box, DiMari found the net from 15 yards out. The Saints then increased their lead to 2-0 just before halftime at the 44:03-mark when Ashleigh Barone scored. After a cross deflected off a Crusader defender, there was a scramble at the right post, and Barone punched the ball into the net.
Early in the second half, Siena's Maria DeMatteo made the score 3-0 at the 47:50-mark. Chelsea Maguire played the ball to Samantha Butzke on the right side, then Butzke sent a long pass ahead to DeMatteo in the upper right side of the box. DeMatteo then scored from 15 yards out, putting the ball just inside the far left post.
The Crusaders cut the lead to 3-1 at the 87:53-mark on Stand's first goal. Freshman midfielder Katherine Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H.) sent a long pass from near the center circle, and Stand ran behind the defenders to get to the ball first. She then chipped the ball over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out in the center. Stand scored her second goal at the 89:42-mark on a penalty kick, after the Saints were called for a hand ball following a Holy Cross corner kick. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as Siena held on for the win.
Laura Ettinger earned the victory for the Saints, making five saves while allowing two goals. Junior goalkeeper Jessica Stone (Rockville, Md.) took the loss for Holy Cross, making one save.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 1, when it travels to Brown for a 7:00 p.m. game.