(Notre Dame, Ind.)The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team concluded the 2012 season with a 3-1 victory over Andrews University on senior night. Following the match, the Saints honored their 4 seniors: defender Lindsey Swaim (Elkhart, Ind.), forward Jessica Pletcher (Plymouth, Ind.), mid-fielder Angie Friese (Honolulu, Hawaii) and manager Hadiyyah Blake.
On a very cold and windy Monday afternoon, the Saints really came out strong from the first whistle and were able to control the time of possession.
A strong 1st half where the Saints outshot Andrew 17-1, Holy Cross got on the board in the 32nd minute off a big free kick from senior Captain Lindsey Swaim (Elkhart, Ind.). The goal for Swaim was her 1st of the season, and couldn't have come at a more perfect time: her senior night.
Just before the end of the 1st half, sophomore defender Sally Allgeier (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added her 2nd goal of the season with a big shot from just in front of midfield that the goalkeeper from Andrews couldn't hang on to.
The Saints went into the 1st half with a 2-0 lead, their biggest lead of the season.
Starting the 2nd half with the wind in their face, the Saints had to work extra hard to hold onto their 2-0 lead.
Freshman Kianna Smith (San Diego, Calif.) continued the Saints strong game with her 2nd goal of the season off a pass in front of the box from Leah Trattles (Holland, Mich.). The 3-0 lead extended the Saints largest lead of the 2012 season.
A foul just inside the box in the 79th minute gave Andrews a penalty kick where the capitalized and cut into the Saints lead.
Holy Cross was able to hold strong for the final minutes and cruised to their 2nd win of the season, and sent their seniors out with one last win.
"From the get go, we wanted to come out fast and try to get the first goal," said Saints head coach Carlos Reynolds. "I was impressed with how are 1st half went, and how were able control the game."
"It was very important to us to send our seniors out with a win," continued coach Reynolds. "It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for anyone, but to end it on a positive note makes me happy. All of our seniors this year have been tremendous. They were great leaders to our underclassmen, and great representatives of the College. We will miss them tremendously and wish them nothing but success in the future."
The Saints close out the 2012 season with a final record of 2-14-1 (0-10-1 CCAC). Stay tuned to hcsaints.com in the off-season to find out the latest happenings with the Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team. Until then, have a great off-season!