(South Bend, Indiana) The Saints closed out their home games for the season Tuesday afternoon as seniors Marie-Louise Resweber (St. Martinville, Louisiana) and Valerie Patout (New Iberia, Louisiana) suited up for the final time at the Indiana Invaders Complex.
The Saints faced off against the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks (8-8-1 (6-3-1 CCAC)), who came into play Tuesday afternoon with a two-game win streak. There was a nice crowd on hand for Senior Day, as Holy Cross' own Dr. Tina Holland held a ceremony after the game.
The Hawks came out of the gates swinging, sneaking a ball past goalkeeper Lindsey Swaim (Elkhart, Indiana) in the 6th minute to take a 1-0 advantage. Tech kept the pressure on the Saints defense, capitalizing again in the 12th minute to go up 2-0.
The Saints settled in afterwards, putting pressure on Illinois Tech's goalkeeper Amy Arnhart, who faced quality chances by sophomores Karen Liddell (Granger, Indiana), Cassie Suarez (South Bend, Indiana), and Haley Craig (Granger, Indiana).
Swaim allowed one more goal in the 39th minute, but pitched a shutout in the second half, despite facing 10 shots on goal. Swaim made many spectacular plays with Hawks right on the doorstep during the second half, including two back-to-back from point-blank range.
Head coach Carlos Reynolds received great defense from Kayla Vanlue (Plymouth, Indiana), which should come as no surprise, as she has been consistent at her post the entire season.
However, Reynolds will miss seniors Patout and Resweber, whose quality play on both ends of the field will be hard to replace. Despite rarely filling the stat sheet, Valerie and Marie always made the plays to keep the Saints in the game and gave the team a chance to win. Their guidance of younger players and experience from playing together for as long as they have often made a large difference in the outcome of the games.
Holy Cross lost the contest 3-0, but the score did not tell the entire story. Holy Cross played perhaps the smartest - if not best - they have played all year, especially in the second half, as the Saints kept pressure on Tech up until the final buzzer sounded.
At the conclusion of the game, Holy Cross College Executive Vice President Dr. Tina Holland presented the seniors to the crowd and awarded them for all the hard work academically, athletically, and spiritually that they gave to Holy Cross over the last four years.
Holy Cross will close out the 2011 season October 29th at Robert Morris College at 3:00 PM.