WORCESTER, Mass. – Navy junior defender Jade Seabrook scored the game-winning goal at the 28:37 mark of the contest to help lead the Midshipmen to a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League women's soccer action on Friday evening at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-9-4 overall and 2-4-0 in the Patriot League, while the Mids improve to 13-3-0 and 6-0-0 in the conference.
Holy Cross had a scoring chance in the sixth minute of action, as freshman midfielder Claire Malone (Glen Ridge, N.J.) launched a shot from the top of the box, but it was collected by Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner. The Crusaders had another shot on net in the 16th minute, this time by sophomore forward Annie Galvin (Attleboro, Mass.) but Hoerner again stopped the shot.
Navy was able to break the stalemate in the 29th minute, as Seabrook headed in a corner kick by teammate Rachel Hunter to put the Mids on top 1-0. Navy would have two more shots on goal to end the half, as it went into the locker room ahead 1-0.
In the second half, the Mids kept up their offensive charge and peppered Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) with three shots on net in the first 10 minutes of the stanza, but McCabe stood tall and made the saves. Navy added an insurance goal in the 74th minute of action, as K.D. Woolard netted her first goal of the season on a shot from the right side of the box, to put the Mids up 2-0.
The Crusaders had back-to-back shots on goal by Galvin and Malone in the 78th and 80th minutes, respectively, but Hoerner made the clutch saves. Holy Cross had a chance late in the contest to cut into the deficit, as senior midfielder Cassie Muzik (Massapequa, N.Y.) ripped a shot inside the box off a corner kick, but it was blocked by a Navy defender. The Mids would stand tall for the rest of the contest to go on to claim the 2-0 victory.
McCabe played well for the Crusaders, as she stopped 12 shots on net, while her counterpart, Hoerner, made four saves in the contest. Navy held advantages in shots (28-7), shots on goal (14-4) and corner kicks (10-5).
In a brief pregame ceremony, Muzik and classmates Tricia Giglio (Acton, Mass.), Marlana Gomes (Middletown, Conn.), Alyssa Heiser (Bristol, Conn.), Sarah Kelley (Bedford, N.H.), Lizzy Leahy (Hingham, Mass.) and Gaby Ransom (Concord, N.H.) were honored on "Senior Day" for their commitment to the women's soccer program over the past four seasons.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Oct.23, as it will host Army at 7:00 p.m. in the final regular season home contest of the year.
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