WASHINGTON — The American University women's soccer team had its best showing at home against Holy Cross but couldn't find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the Crusaders on Saturday.
American (1-13-0, 0-7-0 PL) had multiple opportunities to score, including a blast by Audrey Denkler that dinged off the crossbar from outside the box. The Eagles outshot and overpowered the Crusaders for much of the contest, finishing with the contest with a 14-9 edge in shots.
The lone goal of the contest came late in the first half on a shot from Kelly Crowley that snuck under the bar from 25 yards away.
After allowing the goal, American went on to outshoot the Crusaders 11-4 with five shots on goal.
In the 69th minute, Samm Francucci sent a corner kick that was header by Kira Flaherty that was stopped at the goal line by a Crusader defender. Minutes later, it was Francucci that was stopped by HC keeper Caroline Cashion.
American kept the pressure on and received its second corner kick of the half in the 85th minute after Charly Slavick put a shot off a Crusader defender. On the corner kick, the ball was swept out of the goal mouth by a Holy Cross defender to keep the Crusaders ahead.
AU had a last-second chance with an Oliva Lai shot was would have resulted in a corner kick but time expired.
Ryleigh Brown finished with three saves and got help from a teammate with a team save. Cashion finished with four saves and two team saves.
American will have a quick turnaround before meeting Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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