Women's Soccer Tight Defense Leads to 0-0 Draw With Holy Cross

Women's Soccer Tight Defense Leads to 0-0 Draw With Holy Cross

WORCESTER, MA.-  The Sacred Heart University Women's Soccer team (0-2-1 overall, 0-0 NEC) drew Holy Cross (0-2-1 overall, 0-0 Patriot League) to a 0-0 tie in tonight's game as a tight defensive battle kept the game scoreless. The Pioneers will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 1 when SHU hosts it's home opener against Temple. Kick-off is set for 12:00 p.m.

"Tonight's game was one of those games where it would have been a shame to see someone lose. Both teams played well and hard. A fun game to be a part of. We are really proud of our kids. A really young team that continues to improve each day." SHU Women's Soccer head coach Matt Micros stated on the outcome and performance of the team in tonight's game.

First Half 

  • While the Pioneers only would be able to take three shots in the first half, two were able to be on goal as first-year Michelle Clarkin would get the Pioneer offense rolling with a shot at 24:55 that would just be saved by the keeper to keep the score 0-0.
  • The second shot on goal for the Pioneers would come in the final seconds of the half courtesy of first-year Desiree Crawford but an impressive save would keep the score even heading into halftime.
  • The Pioneer defense would be dominate in the opening half as SHU held Holy Cross to just one shot on goal in the entire half. First-year goalkeeper Elyssa Kipperman only needed to commit one save in the half.

Second Half

  • In the second the defensive presence of both teams held strong as neither team would be able to tally a goal in the half to keep the score 0-0.
  • The Pioneers were only able to salvage one shot on goal coming off the foot of first-year forward Anna Ludkiewicz at 52:17 in the half but would be saved by the goalie.
  • While Holy Cross was able to take five shots on goal in the half, SHU goalie Elyssa Kipperman dominated in front of the net recording five saves in the half and not allowing a single ball to reach the back of the net in regulation.

First Overtime

  • SHU would be the only team in the first overtime to take a shot on goal as first-year Azria Malloy would fire a shot towards the goalie but would be saved at 96:13 in the first overtime to keep the score 0-0.
  • The defense would be dominate again holding Holy Cross to just one shot in the period sending the game to a second overtime.

Second Overtime 

  • The Pioneers would enter the second overtime firing off shots as they would take a total of four in the second overtime but none would be able to slip by the keeper.
  • Meanwhile the defense would hold strong halting the Crusaders to just one shot resulting in a 0-0 draw.