By Jack Godar
It was a bit of a rough weekend for the Holy Cross Soccer teams, as both the men’s and women’s teams lost games over the weekend. The women’s team lost their Patriot League opener to Navy in a 2-1 nailbiter on Friday, and the men’s team lost 5-0 against Dartmouth at home on Saturday.
The women’s game against Navy was tight from start to finish, but Holy Cross led off the scoring when freshman Jenna Barnes tucked away a goal off an assist from senior Caitlin Harty. Holy Cross entered the second half with a 1-0 lead, outshooting the Midshipmen 6-4. In the second half, however, Navy righted the ship. The team scored on a header off a corner kick in the 55th minute to tie the game 1-1. Then, in the 60th minute, Navy scored on another header from a corner kick. That goal would prove to be the shot that sunk the Crusaders, as Navy would go on to win 2-1.
Over all, the Crusaders performed well in a very close game. They outshot Navy 10-9, getting six of those shots on goal compared to Navy’s five, had less fouls than Navy and more corner kicks. Ultimately, Navy’s success on set pieces gave them the advantage in a close game, with both of their goals coming off of corner kicks.
The next day, the men’s team took on Dartmouth. The Big Green got off to a fast start, scoring two quick goals early in the first half. Holy Cross never recovered from Dartmouth’s opening barrage, as Dartmouth tacked on another goal towards the end of the first half, and then added two more in the second half for a final score of 5-0.
Both soccer teams have games this weekend as well. The women’s team takes on Lafayette at home on Saturday for Senior Day, which should make for a good Patriot League matchup. The men’s team travels to Annapolis to play Navy on Saturday at 11 a.m.