Seslija Scores Game-Winner in Double Overtime to Give Women's Soccer 1-0 Win Over Army
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s soccer team prevailed, 1-0, in double overtime over Army West Point Sunday afternoon in New York.
The Crusaders improve to 5-11 on the year, but more importantly, 3-5 in conference play. The three victories in Patriot League action are the most by the program since 2002 and pushes Holy Cross to fifth place in the conference standings with one game remaining. The top six teams in the conference qualify for the Patriot League tournament.
The squad battled through extremely windy conditions all day long to earn the victory. In the 102nd minute, junior Carly Flahive sent a great ball in towards the top of the box where sophomore Jenna Barnes got on the end of it, beat a defender, and fired a shot on goal. Army’s Sydney Cassalia made the save and deflected the ball aside, but senior Ang Seslija was waiting in the perfect spot. She corralled the rebound, settled it, and sent the ball into the back of the net.
The win gives the Crusaders nine points in Patriot League play and, as previously mentioned, puts them in the fifth qualifying spot for the conference tournament. With one game remaining, all the Crusaders need is a tie to guarantee a playoff berth. A win would secure them the fifth seed.
Holy Cross will play its final regular season game next Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:05 p.m. against Lehigh.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Army outshot Holy Cross, 11-10, but the Crusaders had seven shots on goal to Army’s three.
- Corners were tied at three apiece.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Lettieri made three saves on the day, including one with an outstretched foot that saved the game for the Crusaders.