Sept. 25, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Merrimack's Lindsay Sheffield scored two goals and had an assist as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Merrimack, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Hart Soccer Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-8 on the season, while the Warriors improve to 6-2 overall.
Holy Cross got on the board first at the 24:20 mark when junior Lauren Pereira (Ludlow, Mass.) blasted a shot from the edge of the penalty area and Merrimack starting goalie Shannon Rowan blocked the shot but could not control it, as sophomore Alison Peters (Bolton, Mass.) was able to place the ball into the lower right corner of the net. The Warriors answered back to tie the game when Sheffield headed the ball in from a cross by Kristin Anderson at the 37:14 mark.
Sheffield scored her second goal of the game to give Merrimack the lead for good at the 52:22 mark, when she shot the ball into the left corner of the net with an assist given to Kristina McSharry. The Warriors extended their lead when Holy Cross sophomore goalie Cashel Scanlon (Bethesda, Md.) made a save off a shot from Jess Stier, but Sheffield was able to control the rebound and leave it for Stier as she then put the ball into the right corner of the net. Merrimack goalie Caitlin Stephan made five saves in the second half to keep the Crusaders off the board and to clinch the victory.
The Crusaders kick off their Patriot League season when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to face Army on Friday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m.