Sports Information Director
Joliet, Ill. -- Struggles continued for the Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team on Wednesday evening against CCAC-foe St. Francis (Ill.) as the Saints were shutout for the fourth consecutive game. Brooke Polus of the University of St. Francis (Ill.) scored four goals as the Fighting Saints defeated Holy Cross by a score of 6-0. With the loss, the Saints dropped their eighth consecutive game and fall to 3-10 overall and 0-7 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
St. Francis (Ill.) dominated the game from start to finish and opened up the first half with two goals in the first 20 minutes of action. Leslie Rueda netted the first goal for the Fighting Saints off a breakaway in the 13th minute to open up the scoring. Brooke Polus followed up with back-to-back goals in the 20th and 34th minute as St. Francis (Ill.) opened up a 3-0 halftime advantage over Holy Cross.
Through the first 45 minutes, the Fighting Saints held an 11-2 shot advantage.
Similar to the first half, the Fighting Saints continued to dominate the pitch on their way to add three more goals in the half.
Brooke Polus netted two more goals to give her four on the game and 15 on the season.
Holy Cross was able to triple their shots from two to six in the half, but once again were unable to find the back of the net. This marked the fourth consecutive game the Saints were shutout.
Six Holy Cross players recorded shots in the match, led by sophomore Mayte Carillo Benavides (Chicago, Ill.) who finished with a team-high two shots.
Facing 26 shots in the game, Saints goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) finished the game with 12 Saves.
With the 6-0 defeat to St. Francis (Ill.), the Saints have now dropped their last eight games.
Holy Cross (3-10, 0-7 CCAC) will close out the week on Saturday, October 26 at home with a noon kick-off as they host Trinity Christian College (11-2-2, 6-1-1 CCAC).