Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross soccer drop games at home
Annika Herko | Tuesday, September 12, 2023
It was a tough weekend for Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s soccer as all three teams lost at home Saturday.
The Holy Cross men’s team played Marian, who shut out the Saints 2-0. A Sebastian Gonzalez goal assisted by Josh Wesseling gave Marion an early lead in the 6th minute. Phillip Seifert followed suit by scoring in the 24th minute. While Holy Cross was outshot 16-10 overall, Marian only mustered a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The second half was a battle that saw no one put the ball in the back of the net. the Saints accumulated four yellow cards during the game. The Saints, who accumulated four yellow cards during the game, got a nice performance from junior goalkeeper Armin Mahmutovic who came for the second half of the game. Mahmutovic recorded three saves and allowed no goals by the Knights in his second appearance for the Saints. After starting the season 2-3-1, the team will play next at Calvin University, who has started the season with a fast 5-0 start, on Tuesday night.
The women’s team faced off in a non-conference game against Rochester. The Warriors struck first with a goal by Faith Staley off an assist from Kaulah Joyce in the 26th minute of play. Holy Cross was only able to get two shots off in the first half. The Saints came out firing after halftime as senior Olivia Shaw scored off a Mia Garatoni assist three minutes after returning to the field. The game remained tied until the 88th minute when Rochester forward Sammi Springer scored a dagger to put Holy Cross away. Saints goalkeeper Payton Ladson performed well with eight saves. Ultimately, the Saints struggled to get scoring opportunities at the net, with Rochester outshooting them 24-6. Now 2-4, the women’s team will start conference play Saturday, hosting the 2-2 Governors State University Jaguars.
Saint Mary’s matched up against DePauw at home Saturday. The Belles struggled to find the back of the net all game, falling 1-0. The only goal of the game came from DePauw midfielder Madison Shields in the 26th minute. The Tigers outshot the Belles 14-10 overall and 7-3 in shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Miklavcic recorded six saves, but the Saint Mary’s offense was unable to translate strong play overall to anything on the scoreboard. The now 1-2 Belles will travel to Anderson University for their next match Wednesday against the 1-1-1 Ravens.