Maggie Flaherty ’20
Sports Editor & Chief Features Editor
The Holy Cross Women’s Soccer team (3-6-0, 1-1-0 Patriot League) were road warriors this past Saturday, traveling to Oak Stadium in Easton, PA, to defeat Patriot League rival Lafayette (4-5-0, 1-1-0 PL) by a score of 2-0. This result marks the first Patriot League win of the season for the Crusaders, bringing them to 1-1-0 in league play. Holy Cross dominated play throughout, generating 9 shots on net against Lafayette resulting in one goal in each half.
Senior forward Ang Seslija put the Crusaders on the board in the twenty-second minute from a free kick that deflected off of a Lafayette defender and into the net. Junior forward Carly Flahive iced the road win by booting home a rebound from a shot from sophomore midfielder Jenna Barnes with 10 minutes remaining in the second half. Offensive standout and Worcester County native Flahive leads Holy Cross in scoring with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists). She also leads the team with 18 shots and nine shots on goal thus far this season.
The consistent positive gameplay against Lafayette isn’t the first time the Crusaders have showed enduring intensity for the entirety of a match this season. Holy Cross has held all of their competitors this season to close matches, allowing just 12 goals in nine games. The Crusaders put quite a scare into Patriot League favorite Navy, losing only 1-0. The competitiveness the Crusaders showed is demonstrated by shots on goal, with Navy holding only a slim 14-13 advantage. The Crusaders have carried two opponents into overtime as well before losing, once to the University of New Hampshire and once to Brown University. In both instances, Holy Cross showed their resiliency and “never say die” attitude, scoring equalizing goals late in the second half of both matches. The Crusaders are big second-half competitors, and it shows: eight of their 11 goals scored this season have come in the second half of games.
A nine-day rest period from the Crusaders’ last game, a September 13 defeat to Navy, likely contributed to their dominance against Lafayette. Holy Cross had a chance to reflect on their three close losses—the defeats to Navy and Brown and a 2-0 home loss to Bryant. This time, the Crusaders held on to finish the job. Holy Cross allowed only five shots during the game, and closed out in formidable fashion, allowing Lafayette zero scoring chances after the 65-minute mark of the game.
Holy Cross’ next test arrives Wednesday night with a home game against league threat Boston University (2-7-2, 1-0-1), currently undefeated in league play and sitting at #4 in the league standings. Wednesday’s tilt against BU also marks this season’s chapter of the Turnpike Trophy rivalry. It promises to be a good match. Last year, BU squeezed by with a 1-0 win over the Crusaders. Following that, Holy Cross faces another strong Patriot League opponent, Bucknell, with a game Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, PA, capping a busy spell of three matches in eight days for the Crusaders.