BALTIMORE, Md. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 36 seconds left in regulation to help lead the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over Loyola (Md.) in the Patriot League opening game for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Holy Cross earns its first win of the year and improves to 1-5-2 overall and 1-0-0 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds fall to 1-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the conference.
Galvin's goal was set up by a pair of beautiful passes from sophomore Jenna Scanlon (Aubur, Mass.) and junior Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.). Scanlon intercepted a Loyola ball and passed it to Righini in the center of the field. Righini then fed the ball though the Greyhound backline to Galvin, who gathered the pass and fired it past Loyola goalkeeper Didi Haracic for the game-clinching marker at the 89:24 mark. The goal was Galvin's first of the season and fifth of her career.
Holy Cross controlled the tempo for the majority of the contest. In the first half, the Crusaders had four shots on net, compared to only one for the Greyhounds. Holy Cross senior captain Alyssa Heiser (Bristol, Conn.) had three shots on goal in the first half, including two between the 12th and 13th minutes.
In the second half, the Crusaders continued to hold the momentum, as they held the 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Holy Cross freshman defender Claire Malone (Glen Ridge, N.J.) had two shots on net during the stanza, while Scanlon and freshman Courtney Cohen (Lake Grove, N.Y.) had one apiece. The fifth shot on net came off the foot of Galvin for the contest-winning goal.
Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) made three saves for her third shutout of the season and moves into fifth place in the Holy Cross record book with a total of nine shutouts for her career. Haracic was called upon to make eight saves for the Greyhounds. The Crusaders held advantages in shots (12-8) and shots on goal (9-3), while Loyola held the edge in corner kicks (6-3).
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when they will host New Hampshire at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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