Women's Soccer Opens Season With 4-1 Victory Over Wagner

Cassie Muzik

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y) tallied the first two goals of her collegiate career as the women's soccer team kicked off the 2012 season on Sunday night at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium with a 4-1 victory over visiting Wagner. The Crusaders came back from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 2-1 lead at halftime. Holy Cross added two more unanswered goals in the second half to start the season with a record of 1-0-0. Wagner opens the season with a record of 0-1-0.

Wagner got on the board first at the 13:10 mark when senior Julie Vigliotti headed the ball past senior Holy Cross goaltender Ashlyn Angell (Raleigh, N.C.). Angell would not allow another ball to get behind her and finished the game with five saves to open the season with a record of 1-0-0. The Crusaders tied the game at 22:30 on an excellent strike by Muzik. Senior Maura Fox (Shrewsbury, Mass.) advanced the ball from midfield to sophomore Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.), who passed the ball to Muzik and fired a shot over Seahawks goaltender Lisa Capelli into the top right corner of the net. With less than two minutes remaining in the half, senior Hannah Earner (Pembroke, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal off a free kick by junior Sarah Kelley (Bedford, N.H.). After Kelley's pass was deflected by a Seahawks defender, Fox passed the ball to Earner who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Holy Cross wasted no time increasing its lead as the Crusaders scored just 49 seconds into the second half on the second goal of the game for Muzik. Senior Maggie McGoldrick (Cohasset, Mass.) controlled the ball at the top of the penalty box and quickly passed it to a wide open Muzik who kept the ball low past a diving Capelli just inside the left goalpost. With the score 3-1, Holy Cross added its final goal at the 86:26 mark off of a corner kick by Kelley. Fox was on the receiving end of the kick just inside the six-yard line and headed it into the back of the net.

The Crusaders outshot the Seahawks 10-9, with each team putting six shots on goal. Muzik and Fox each recorded four points in the victory. This was the first time since the 2009 season that the Crusaders scored four goals in one game.   

The Crusaders return to the pitch on Tuesday, Aug. 21, to play its final exhibition match against UMass Lowell at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 11:00 a.m. The next regular season game is slated for Friday, Aug. 24, at home versus Providence at 7:00 p.m.