Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team wrapped up their two-game home stretch to open the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) season on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to the Cougars of Saint Xavier (Ill.) University. After trailing 1-0 at the break, the Cougars added two more goals in the second half, including an own goal, to drop the Saints to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
"Despite the final score, I thought the girls did a great job competing today," stated head coach Geriann Druyos. "We had a number of quality looks, but were unable to get one in the goal."
Sunday's meeting between the Cougars was quality soccer from start to finish. The Saints came out strong on both the offensive and defensive ends. Junior captain Sally Allgeier (Fort Wayne, Ind.) gave the Saints their first quality chance of the day after her shot from the right corner of the box snuck through the goalkeepers legs, but not far enough to get in the back of the net.
The game remained scoreless for the majority of the first half before Mariana Hoerr netted a goal for the Cougars in the 34th minute to put the Saints behind 1-0.
Despite trailing 1-0 at the half, the Saints had outshot the Cougars 9-7.
"I thought we did a good job getting chances," continued Druyos. "We just needed to find a way to get the ball in the net."
Both teams came out aggressive in the start of the second half with the Cougars finding the back of the net for the second time after Marissa Graves finished off a cross from Christina Sperando.
Although they were trailing 2-0 with 30 minutes to play, the Saints continued to fight. Several chances continued for the Saints over the final 30 minutes, with the result being just wide or a little to high.
Saint Xavier scored one final goal to end the game with 30 seconds left after a final corner kick was deflected in off of a Saints defender to make it a 3-0 final.
Despite the loss, the Saints outshot the Cougars 20-17.
"Even though the result was not what we were hoping for, I thought we played a solid game," continued Druyos. "We continued to play hard over the course of the game and I feel made it difficult on our opponent. A couple bounces our way and the outcome might be different. We will continue to work in practice and look to get back in the win column this week."
Senior goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) finished the game with 8 saves.
The Saints (3-5, 0-2 CCAC) resume CCAC action with a road matchup on Wednesday, October 2nd against Calumet College of St. Joseph. The game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. EST.