Oct. 24, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The American University women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. on Friday at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium. The tie puts the Eagles' record at 5-9-3, 2-1-2 PL, while the Crusaders are now 3-13, 1-3-1 PL.
Despite having most of the possession in the opening half, the Eagles could not get on the board. They outshot the Crusaders 10-1 in the first 45 minutes.
Holy Cross tallied at 56:44 on a goal by Katherine Donnelly on a corner kick. Donnelly took a pass from Kelsey Dillon for the score and the 1-0 lead.
Mary Riegler evened up the score at one-apiece at 66:16 on her first goal of the season. The tally was unassisted as she muscled out a shot in the box with a defender on her that beat Holy Cross keeper Mary Ferketic.
Kelsey Wiggins made the play of the day for the Eagles, stopping a penalty shot opportunity at 73:51 taken by Donnelly to preserve the tie.
"Today's match was a tale of two halves," said AU head coach Dave Bucciero. "We were in control and moved the ball well in the first half and created a number of chances and shots. We lost control in the second half and didn't possess the ball as well and allowed Holy Cross to get back in the game. We didn't play well enough to win today. It was great to see Mary Riegler get a goal and Kelsey Wiggins preserved the tie for us with a big save on a penalty shot."
AU had a 22-9 advantage in shots in the game.
The Eagles have a quick turn-around and will take on Army at West Point on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.