Women's soccer ties Sacred Heart in home opener
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 tie Thursday night against Sacred Heart University at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.
The Crusaders outplayed the Pioneers for the majority of the team’s home opener, but were never able to find the back of the net. Holy Cross outshot SHU, 20-12, including an 18-7 advantage in regulation.
Carly Flahive led the Crusaders with five shots on the night and put the first of her two on goal in the 16th minute, but the Pioneers’ Elyssa Kipperman was able to grab the save.
The second half was filled with chances for the home team. In the 70th minute Paige Epp tried to sneak one by at the near post, but Kipperman was there again just in time. Eight minutes later, Claire Carew tried to volley one home, but it hit the crossbar. Flahive had her second look on goal in the 83rd minute, but again was stopped by the SHU keeper.
The Pioneers actually outshot the Crusaders, 5-2, in overtime and were able to generate some decent looks. SHU went on a 4-on-2 fast break late, but some terrific defense by Bridgette Dwyer kept the game tied as she caught up to the Pioneer forward right at the 18-yard box and stripped the ball away.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sophia Lettieri posted her first shutout of the season as she made four saves.
- The Crusaders held the advantage in corners, 6-4.
- One stat that doesn’t show up in the box score; Samantha Peters had numerous extremely well-placed crosses on the night, including one that she hit, right to left, right across the face of the goal that just missed the outstretched foot of Sydney Fisher early in the first half.
- The Crusaders out-possessed the Pioneers at 62%-38%.
- This is Holy Cross’ first tie in a game since a 0-0 draw with Colgate in October of 2017.
The Crusaders will face Bryant next Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.