EASTON, Pa. – The Holy Cross women's soccer came up just short for the second weekend in a row as the Crusaders lost a 1-0 decision to conference leader Lafayette earlier today. Holy Cross now has an overall record of 2-10-2 (0-4-0 Patriot League) while Lafayette moves to 9-4-1 (4-0-0 Patriot League).
Weather played a huge factor in today's game, as Holy Cross had to play the first half trying to negotiate the ball into a strong 30 mph wind. With mother nature blowing in the face of the Holy Cross offense, the Crusaders were only able to create one shot on goal through the first 45 minutes of play.
Lafayette was able to capitalize early with the wind in their favor as Allison Stone scored on a loose ball in front of the Holy Cross net following a corner kick. The goal gave the Leopards the 1-0 lead at 28:13 of the first half.
Holy Cross entered the second half trailing by one goal, but could now go on the attack with the wind at their backs. Twelve minutes into the half, sophomore Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H) found her effort from 20 yards out just missing its mark when her shot sailed a few feet over the Lafayette goal. Five minutes later, sophomore Sarah Kelley (Bedford, N.H.) came even closer when she struck a ball from 25 yards that was denied by the crossbar.
Although the Crusaders were able to create much better scoring opportunities in the second half, they were unable to find the equalizing goal. The match ended as a 1-0 decision in favor of Lafayette. Holy Cross freshman goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) made four saves on the day, bringing her overall record in goal to 2-8-2 on the year. Today marks the sixth match of the year that the Crusaders have lost by a single goal.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they host Brown to a mid-week nonconference match. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.