Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team got back in the win column on Friday evening while playing host to the Andrews (Mich.) University Cardinals. Dominant offensive and defensive play early in the game had the Saints take control less than a minute into action. Four players contributed with goals in the victory as the Saints downed the Cardinals 6-0 and completed the season sweep for the third consecutive year.
"It was a great effort from our team from the very first whistle," coach Geriann Druyos said. "We got on them quick and were able to capitalize on our opportunities."
The Saints got off to a fast start after getting two goals in the first two minutes from Karina Cain (Yuma, Ariz.) and Leah Trattles (Holland, Mich.).
With the Saints leading 2-0, they didn't look to slow down.
Kayla Vanlue (Plymouth, Ind.) and Mayte Carillo Benavides (Chicago, Ill.) followed up with two goals in a five minute span to extend the lead to 4-0.
At the half, the Saints held a 4-0 lead and outshot the Cardinals 18-0.
The second half was much of the same for the Saints as they continued to put pressure on the offensive and defensive ends to keep the game at their tempo.
Karina Cain and Leah Trattles each scored their second goal of the game in the 52nd and 53rd minutes to open the lead up to 6-0.
With a six goal lead, and the tempo at their favor, coach Druyos began to unload the bench and get everyone some minutes on the field. The Saints played 22 of their 23 player roster in the game.
"It was good to get everyone on the bench some time on the field," continued Druyos. "Everyone brought great effort when they were on the field."
The Saints defense played extremely well holding Andrews to zero shots for the entire game. The final shot advantage was 35-0.
Leah Trattles finished the game with two goals and two assists. Sally Allgeier led the team with five shots on goal.
This was the second time both Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) and Hayley Deisinger (Northwood, Ind.) have combined for a team shutout.
"It feels great to get a win at home after our last game," continued Druyos. "We played very effective and showed how dominant we can play when everyone is contributing.
"Now we must shift our focus to Lawrence Tech. and look to close out the non-conference schedule on a positive note."
The win for the Saints breaks their win total from 2012.
The Saints will hit the road to take on the Blue Devils of Lawrence Technological University on September 18th. The game is set to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. EST.