Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's soccer team wrapped up their 2013 home schedule on Saturday afternoon as they played host to fellow CCAC-foe Purdue Calumet on senior night. The Saints and Peregrines played a hard-fought game in the cold and wet conditions that had both teams held scoreless more than 80 minutes. Purdue Calumet netted the game-winner in the 81st to outlast the Saints 1-0. Following the match, the five seniors were honored for their accomplishments in their Holy Cross soccer careers.
"It's tough to lose a game like that, but I'm proud of how hard the girls played," head coach Geriann Druyos said. "Although times have been tough, the team hasn't given up. They continued to fight and that's really all you can ask for as a coach."
The game was competitive from start to finish and both teams had their fair looks at the goal. Purdue Calumet held the shot advantage in the first half at 7-6, but the Saints were right in there with quality chances themselves.
Of the seven shots faced in the first half, senior goalkeeper Aileen Clouse (Beavercreek, Ohio) stopped all six shots that were on net.
The action continued in the second half with both teams fighting for that first goal. Holy Cross had their best chance of the afternoon when the Peregrines goalkeeper stopped a shot from Karina Cain (Yuma, Ariz.).
Purdue Calumet ultimately was the first to capitalize in the match after Vanessa Hernandez chipped the shot over Clouse to give the Peregrines the 1-0 advantage in the 81st minute.
The Saints kept fighting but were unable to get a shot on net in the final minutes, falling to the Peregrines 1-0.
At the conclusion of the match, seniors Sonia Bonilla (Chicago, Ill.), Aileen Clouse, Taylor Paoulos (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Lindsey Swaim (Elkhart, Ind.) and Kayla Vanlue (Plymouth, Ind.) were honored in front of their family, friends and teammates for their accomplishments as members of the women's soccer program.
"This has been a special group all season," continued Druyos. "Sure we've faced adversity, but they were always there to keep the team level headed and focused on the task at hand. They've been instrumental in helping us have one of the most successful seasons in program history and really left their mark on this program. They were a joy to coach and we will certainly miss all five of these wonderful ladies next season."
Holy Cross (3-13, 0-10 CCAC) will wrap up the 2013 season on the road next Wednesday at Trinity International University. The match will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST.