(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Soccer Team opened up its season with a well played, but tough loss to Goshen College on Tuesday.
Goshen started the scoring on a nice through ball by Sara Soto that led to a breakaway for forward Dana Christner. Saints' goalkeeper Asheligh Lemp (South Bend, IN) did a good job of a coming out and cutting down the angle, but Christner slotted the ball in the only place she could put it and Goshen went up 1-0 in the 27th minute.
The Saints would not give up, however, as they tied the game 8 mintues later in the 35th minute by a beautiful rebound finish by Freshman Leah Trattles. (Holland, MI) The play started in the middle of the field as Cassandra Juarez (South Bend, IN) beat 3 defenders and took a well placed shot that was originally saved, but Trattles was ball hawking around the net to put away the finish to tie the game up at 1-1. It was Trattles' first career goal as a Holy Cross Saint.
"Goshen's first goal, from where I was, two players were in an offside position. We kept our composure and kept playing our game, which resulted in us tying the game with an excellent finish from a freshman Leah Trattles, she did an excellent job during the whole game, and you would have never thought this was her first college game," said Head Coach Carlos Reynolds.
It would be 1-1 after halftime until the 51st minute where the Saints would go up 2-1. Senior Valerie Patout (New Iberia, LA) would take a free kick about 40 yards on the right flank. It was a beautifully driven ball, and the Goshen defenders had trouble communicating on the play and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
"In the second half we put more pressure on their defense and senior Valerie Patout with a free kick found their defense going back and heading the ball in their own goal, said Coach Reynolds.
The game would remain 2-1 in favor of the Saints for quite some time. Goshen then mounted a lof of pressure but could not find the back of the net until the 81st minute when Goshen would put away the equalizer on a cross that was finished by Emily Fretz.
The game would then go into overtime. In the 94th minute a goal similar to the second one from Goshen was scored. A cross came from the left flank, and was finished by Sara Watts to end the game in favor of Goshen College.
"Overall, I am satisfied with our performance and our team looks much better compared to last year. The women's soccer program is going in the right direction, and with these players and their commitment to the team, I am sure we will see great soccer this season," said Coach Reynolds.
The women's soccer team will be traveling to Concordia University in a weekend tournament. They will take on Concordia University this Friday at 4:00 p.m followed by Rochester College at noon on Saturday September 3rd. Their next home game will be September 11th at the Indiana Invaders Complex against Andrews University at 1:00 p.m.