Women's Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision To Fairfield

Gina Righini

WORCESTER, Mass. – Fairfield junior Shannon Fay scored two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, as the Holy Cross women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. The Crusaders now hold a record of 2-3-1 while the Stags improve to 3-2-1.

Fairfield got on the board first when Fay corralled a rebound off a shot by senior Lauren Reilly at the 28:53 mark. Sophomore goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) made the initial save, but Fay was able to strike the rebound in the back of the open net. The Crusaders responded with 11:13 remaining in the half when junior Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y.) fed sophomore Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) after a Stags foul from 25 yards out. Righini tallied her first goal of the season, beating Stags goalkeeper Veronica Saez in the top right corner of the net. The score remained tied, 1-1, after 45 minutse of action.

The Crusaders took five shots in the second half and senior Hannah Earner (Pembroke, Mass.) nearly broke the tie when she received a pass from Righini with just under 10 minutes to play. Her shot got past Saez but rolled just wide of the near post. McCabe was replaced by senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Angell (Raleigh, N.C.) after a Fairfield player came crashing into her while she was making a save at the 71:51 mark. She made nine saves on 16 shots.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Stags wasted no time posting the game-winner just 45 seconds into the second overtime period. Fay received a pass from sophomore Erin Pettersen and kicked the ball past Angell in the far corner to seal the victory. Fairfield outshot the Crusaders 18-13 in the game, including a 12-8 advantage in shots-on-goal. Angell suffered the loss and is now 1-2-0. Saez moves t o3-2-1 on the season.

The Crusaders will return to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 13, traveling to Hartford for a 7:00 p.m. match.