WORCESTER, Mass. – The Dartmouth women’s soccer team produced a strong attack and held on defensively in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Holy Cross, led by two goals from senior captain Gia Parker.
In the first minutes of play, the Big Green offense did not waste time, taking a shot and setting two corner kicks, when in the eighth minute, Parker scored from a long pass by Lorna MacFarlane. Shortly after, in the 11th minute, Crusaders’ Carly Flahive scored and tied the game up.
Both teams battled with possession and took a couple more shots before Dartmouth found itself in scoring position again. Junior Sally Sandoval sent in a cross pass to Alyssa Nueberger who took a shot outside the box and scored the second goal for the road team.
Throughout the second half there was a strong battle for control of possession as Holy Cross was trying to score again. The Big Green beat the home team to it, scoring in the 60th minute when Lauren Lucas and Nueberger found themselves inside the box, the ball deflected towards Parker who was right there and sent the ball in extending the lead to 3-1.
The Crusaders tallied one more goal onto the score with only six minutes left to play and were aggressively trying to attack to tie the game up, but were unsuccessful.
“I’m proud of how we played on the road tonight in a midweek game, which can sometimes be tricky,” said head coach Ron Rainey. “There were a lot of different contributors and a great team win. I like how we attacked and we will use some of this as we go into the weekend at Penn.”
The Big Green outshot the Crusaders 11-6 and had six corner kicks compared to the home team’s three. Freshman keeper Mariel Gordon grabbed three saves, while the defense worked to keep the Holy Cross attack from getting near scoring range.
This win moves Dartmouth to 6-7-0, before the team hits the road to take on Penn on Saturday at 4 p.m.