(South Bend, Ind.) The women's soccer team returned home for the first time since September 6th. The Saints welcomed rival Andrews University to the Indiana Invaders complex. The Saints and Cardinals tied 3-3 in a pre-season match on August 31st.
Andrew's Jessie Wilson broke the 0 - 0 tie in the 34th minute on an unassisted goal. However, just four minutes later in the 38th minute junior midfielder Valerie Patout (New Iberia, LA) evened the match at 1 on a breakaway goal. The goal was Patout's first of the season and ended the current 6 game scoreless drought for the Saints.
"It was great to see the team reacting after Andrews scored," said Head Coach Carlos Reynolds. "It took us around 4 minutes to tie the game. Valerie Patout took the ball all the way down through a couple of defenders and made a great finish, she is getting more confidence on the pitch and I am sure she will score more during the season."
The second half remained scoreless throughout despite good scoring opportunities by both teams. The game moved into overtime and in the 100th minute Cardinal striker Emily Kutzner beat Saints goalkeeper Jessica Heston (Plymouth, Ind.) for the 2 - 1 victory.
"It is always hard to lose in a golden goal rule," Reynolds said. "But we just need to learn how to prepare better to keep the concentration and focus during extra time."
The Saints outshot the Cardinals 18 - 17, but Andrews was able to force 10 corner kicks to the Saints 2. Heston saved 9 in 100 minutes of action. Goalkeeper Rachel Jewel saved 11 for the Cardinals.
The loss drops Holy Cross to 0 - 7 on the year. Holy Cross wraps up their non-conference schedule at home against NCAA DIII opponent Trine University at the Invaders complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.