SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Rachael Ivanicki netted the game-winner with 6:16 left in the second half as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Bryant, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium. The Crusaders fall to 1-1-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs are now 3-1-0.
The Crusaders played a clean first half, recording no fouls through the first 45:00. Bryant came out on the attack, out shooting Holy Cross by a tally of 9-3, but the score remained tied at 0-0. It was more of the same in the second half, with Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) making four saves in her second start of the season.
The Bulldogs were finally able to capitalize on eight corner kick opportunities on the evening, netting the game winning goal with just 6:16 remaining off the opportunity. Ivanicki was able to deflect the ball in front of the net and past McCabe.
Sophomore Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) led the offense for the Crusaders with four shots, including three on goal. Bryant goalie Lauren Viverito earned the win with four saves. The Bulldogs outshot Holy Cross 14-7 and put five shots on goal compared to the Crusaders four.
The Crusaders will return to the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 2, to take on visiting Quinnipiac at 12:00 p.m.