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Women's Soccer - Thu, Aug. 29, 2013

John Brodbeck

Sports Information Director

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer program picked up their first victory of the 2013 season in dominating fashion after taking down the Andrews University Cardinals 8-0 in Berrien Springs, Mich. The win for the Saints is the first for first year head coach Geriann Druyos.

"It feels good to get the first one under the belt," stated coach Druyos. "I told the ladies before the game that this was a statement game. I challenged them to score within the first five or six minutes of the game and they met that challenge. We had great energy from start to finish and were able to get a nice victory for our team."

After a heartbreaking overtime defeat to open the regular the season, the Saints put together their best offensive effort in the history of the program in their first road test of the year. Senior captain Kayla Vanlue (Plymouth, Ind.) got things rolling for the Saints with her first goal of the season.

From there on out everything seemed to click for the Saints as they built up a 4-0 halftime lead.

"That first goal helped jump start our offense," continued Druyos. "We were able to keep the momentum in the first half and build up a comfortable lead."

The game would not get any easier for the Cardinals in the second half as the Saints added four more goals en route to their 8-0 victory.

Kayla Vanlue and Kristin Calvert (Plymouth, Ind.) led the way for the Saints with two goals and one assist apiece.

Freshman Karina Cain (Yuma, Ariz.) contributed with her first career goal. Cain also had an assist on the night.

The Saints rounded out their scoring with goals from Leah Trattles (Holland, Mich.), Mayte Carillo Benavides (Chicago, Ill.) and Kianna Smith (San Diego, Calif.).

The win evened up the Saints record to 1-1.

"We were able to play 21 players in the game which is something this program has never been able to do," continued Druyos. "It was great to see our team still produce at a high level with mass substitutions.

"It was also great to see everyone on the bench so engaged in the success of their teammates. This was a big win for our girls and we're hoping it will propel us to success down the road."

The Saints resume action at home on Sunday, September 1st against Lindenwood University-Belleville. The game is set for a noon kickoff.