Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team opened up Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Wednesday afternoon with a tough task in the defending conference champions, and #8 nationally ranked, Tigers of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University. The Tigers dominated from beginning to end and defeated the Saints 6-0.
"It's always tough to get such a talented team out of the gate in conference play," said head coach Geriann Druyos. "We did some good things in the early stages, but back-to-back quick goals put us in a tough spot."
The Saints started off the game strong in the opening minutes as they were able to keep the ball in Tiger territory and generate the first shot from junior captain Sally Allgeier (Fort Wayne, Ind.) that just missed wide left.
The Tigers, however, were quick to respond and struck rather quickly after getting a favorable bounce off the keeper that they were able to finish off and draw a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute.
Holy Cross had its best opportunity of the night, and last real offensive threat, in the 9th minute when Kristin Calvert (Plymouth, Ind.) just missed a rebound shot that went over the right bar.
Following the Saints scoring opportunity, Elizabeth Hetrick added her second goal of the evening after finishing off the pass from fellow Tiger Ellen West to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Saints began to hold strong in the half and were able to limit opportunities from the Tigers until a span of six minutes where they gave up three consecutive goals. Olivet took a 5-0 lead to the half.
Olivet would score one final goal in the 63rd minute, but the Saints were unable to generate any significant offense in the second half. They were outshot in the period 17-0, and 32-2 for the game.
"I thought we did some better things defensively in the second half," said Druyos. "We still need to do a better job of making the most of our opportunities on offense. We'll continue to work in practice and look for a better result against Saint Xavier (Ill.) this weekend."
Senior goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) finished the game with 11 saves.
The Saints (3-4, 0-1 CCAC) will resume conference play on Sunday, September 29th with a noon kick-off against the Cougars of Saint Xavier (Ill.) University.