The women's soccer team had their work cut out for them against conference-leading Judson University Saturday and playing a woman down did not help the cause.
The Saints were able to keep the full-strength Eagles at bay for the first 25 minutes of the game, despite playing with only 10 players. Judson finally broke through the Saints defense in the form of Angie Gonzalez, who nailed a goal in the top left corner of the net over Swaim to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
After some effective passing, the Eagles capitalized again in the 33rd minute off a goal from Krystle Arizmendi to lengthen the lead to 2-0. Judson kept the pressure on marking another goal in the 44th minute by Jordan Rossi, and that was how the half played out. The short-handed Saints were able to keep the #19 Eagles to just three goals over the first 45 minutes, which is very impressive.
However, the Saints wore down in the second half, allowing 7 goals in the final period, answering just one in the form of Leah Trattles in the 73rd minute, with an assist from Sally Allgeier. Allgeier's feed led Trattles past the defense where she beat goaltender Sara Hoffman to her right.
The game ended 10-1, and the Saints dropped to 1-12-1 on the season.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Swaim (Elkhart, Indiana) faced an onslaught of 45 shots from the Eagles in the contest, saving 18. Cassie Juarez (South Bend, Indiana) added a shot on goal for the Saints.
Holy Cross returns home to face Illinois Tech October 25th at the Indiana Invaders Complex at 4:00 PM. It is the last home soccer game of the year.