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Notre Dame, IND. -- The Saints women's soccer team returned to the field after a lengthy 10-day break with a home conference matchup against Robert Morris (Ill.) University. The Eagles took control early in the game and the Saints were unable to match their offensive firepower, falling 7-0 and dropping their sixth consecutive game. The loss drops the Saints to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"They got off to a fast start and did a good job of capitalizing on our mistakes," said head coach Geriann Druyos. "We need to do a better of job of limiting the little mistakes."
The Eagles got off to a fast start in the game, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, with all three coming within a three-minute span.
Holy Cross was finally able to get a good look on offense in the 12th minute when freshman Kaylee Ables (Huntertown, Ind.) recorded their first shot of the game.
An unlucky deflection in the 27th minute gave the Eagles a positive result as the ball deflected off of a Saints player into the back of the net, increasing the lead to 4-0. Robert Morris closed out the half with one last goal by Carolynn Wieland, her second of the game, to increase their halftime lead to 5-0.
Through the first 45 minutes, the Eagles outshot the Saints 14-2.
With the rain beginning to come down at the start of the second half, Robert Morris opened things up much like the first, netting their sixth goal in the 52nd minute.
Following the goal, the Saints defense began to slow the Eagles down and they were able to get a couple more shots on net themselves. It wasn't until the 88th minute when Karina Munoz laced a shot from the top of the box over the hands of Saints goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) scoring the final goal of the match in their 7-0 victory over the Saints.
For the game, the Saints were outshot 24-4. Aileen Clouse finished the game with ten saves.
"The early stretch in the game where they scored three goals in that short amount of time is an example of the things we need to fix," continued Druyos. "I thought we did a lot of good things out there, but we still need to stay focused all of the time and continue to work so that those situations stop happening."
The Saints (3-8, 0-5 CCAC) will hit the road for a meeting with CCAC opponent Roosevelt University on Saturday, October 19. The game is set to begin at noon EST.