Holy Cross Mounts Comeback to Down Women's Soccer
Oct. 5, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - Lafayette struck first, but Holy Cross netted the next three goals and eventually came away with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Smith Soccer Stadium. Kaelin King contributed Lafayette's lone goal in the loss.
"To be fair to Holy Cross, they were the better team on the day, head coach Mick Statham said. "We did ok in patches, but were off the boil for too much of the game."
Lafayette (5-5-1, 1-3-0) got the afternoon's scoring started when King found the back of the net in the 21st minute. The rookie forward took control of the ball in the middle of the field and fired a shot from the top of the Holy Cross penalty area, beating Holy Cross keeper Carly McCabe. The tally was King's third of the year, tying her for the team lead with Jaclyn Giordano.
The advantage was short-lived, however, for the Maroon and White as Holy Cross (2-7-3, 2-2-0) found the equalizer five minutes later. Megan Greineder's shot from 20 yards away narrowly found its way past Lafayette's Danielle Sedillo as it deflected off the bottom of the crossbar and in to knot the score at a goal apiece.
The next scoring attempt for either team came in the 35th minute for Holy Cross and the Crusaders helped themselves to a 2-1 lead. Gina Righini tipped a bouncing ball past Sedillo from close range and the home side went into the locker room with the one-goal cushion.
Holy Cross improved its lead to 3-1 20 minutes into the second half when Righini once again found herself in the center of the action. From inside the penalty area, Righini slid a pass to Annie Galvin on the left side and she put it behind Sedillo to go up by two.
Each side had opportunities to score in the next 15 minutes, but the score held steady at 3-1. Sarah Kelley rang a shot off the crossbar for the Crusaders in the 73rd minute and King had a shot stopped by McCabe a little more than four minutes later. After McCabe's save, Righini was blanked by Sedillo on the other end.
McCabe finished with three saves in all after turning away a Giordano chance in the 83rd minute. Sedillo totaled three stops for Lafayette, which was outshot 12-10, and the Leopards took both corner kicks in the match.
Patriot League play continues for Lafayette next Saturday when it host Boston University at Oaks Stadium. Kickoff in the first-ever meeting between the two sides is slated for 1 p.m.