Women's soccer blanks Bryant for 1-0 win
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Holy Cross women’s soccer team defeated Bryant, 1-0, Thursday night for its first victory of the season. The Crusaders improve to 1-2-1 as the Bulldogs fall to 1-3-0.
Junior Mariah Brown scored the only goal of the game, and the first of her collegiate career, in the 49th minute when she let one rip from 30 yards out that skidded through the Bryant defense and found its way to the back of the net. Senior Samantha Peters picked up an assist on the play.
Chances were hard to come by in the first half, with both sides only generating seven shots combined. In the 13th minute, a nice pass through the Bryant back line freed up Jenna Barnes, but the goalie got to the ball before she had a chance to do much with it. Then in the 19th, the Bulldogs did almost the exact same thing, but this time it was Sophia Lettieri cleaning up the mess as she dove through traffic to poke the ball away.
After Brown’s goal four minutes into the second half, both sides had a couple more looks on goal, including in the 55th minute when Lettieri came 30 yards out of goal to clear away a would-be one-on-one situation.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bryant outshot Holy Cross, 10-7, but the Crusaders had more shots on goal, 6-4.
- Holy Cross also held a 6-4 advantage in corners.
- Lettieri made four saves for her second shutout of the season.
The Crusaders will come back home for a matchup with Vermont on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2:05 p.m.