(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team took on the 9th ranked Tigers of Olivet Nazarene Wednesday evening in their sixth Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match of the season. After a tough first half, the Tigers proved to be too much for the Saints as they were beat 8-0. The loss drops the Saints to 1-9-1 (0-5-1 CCAC) on the year.
An early goal in the 3rd minute of action set the tone for the visiting Tigers. Shortly after, a second goal was scored, and the Saints found themselves trailing 2-0 six minutes into the first half.
Olivet was able to keep control for the majority of the first half outshooting the Saints 21-2. Holy Cross went into halftime trailing 6-0.
In the second half of play, the Saints were able to get some offense going and get a couple of nice looks at goalkeeper Amanda Siciak.
Mayte Carillo Benavides (Chicago, Ill.) returned to action for the first time since August 31st against Aquinas College and really helped generate some offense for the Saints.
"Getting Mayte back on the field was a big boost to our offense," said Saints head coach Carlos Reynolds. "Her ability to move the ball and generate shots is something we've needed since she went down with an injury. It was really good to see her back out on the field playing with her teammates."
Over the course of the second half, the Saints were able to limit the Tigers to only two second half goals. Leading the charge was junior goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio.) who finished with 15 saves in the game.
"I felt that we definitely played much better in the second half," continued coach Reynolds. "They're a top 10 nationally ranked team, and I'm very pleased with how we played against them in the second half. We just need to take the positives from today and continue to work to get better come this weekend."
The Saints will travel to Chicago, Illinois on Saturday to take on the Cougars of Saint Xavier University. They will return home on Wednesday, October 17th for a 2:00pm match against the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University.