November 22, 2013
Soccer loses on special day, 3-1Prior to Saturday's women's soccer match against Catholic, the Crusaders honored the seven senior members of their squad. The seven seniors on the team are: goalkeeper Rachel Norbuts; defenders Angela Amato and Oriana Long; midfielders Jessica Takats and Hannah Jones; and forwards Laura Buriak and Marissa DeParto.
The game that followed proved to be a tough one for the maroon and orange as they fell to the Cardinals 3-1.
Junior midfielder Kate Wiley scored the lone goal for Susquehanna (1-10-2 overall, 0-3 Landmark), assisted by Buriak. Norbuts recorded 10 saves in the loss.
Catholic (9-6, 2-1) jumped out to an early lead when Cardinals junior forward Kaylre Greaves found the back of the net just five minutes into the game. The goal was assisted by senior midfielder Kate Masson.
Twenty minutes later, the Crusaders answered when Buriak found Wiley on a throw-in and she knocked it past the Catholic keeper from outside the box to tie the game at one.
The goal was Wiley's first of the season and only the eighth by the Crusaders offense this season.
Unfortunately, the score relaxed the Crusaders a bit, as they conceded a goal just 23 seconds later.
Masson was involved in this goal as well. This time she was the one to find the back of the net, after a cross from freshman midfielder Alyssa Fiore.
The score remained 2-1 as the first half came to a close. Although they only led by a single goal, the Cardinals dominated play in the half, outshooting the Crusaders 9-3 and earning a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Susquehanna was once again dominated in these categories, managing just four shots to Catholic's 12 and failing to score.
The Crusader's first shot in the half came seconds into the half. Searching for the equalizer, Jones was able to get a shot off, only to be stopped by Catholic sophomore keeper Lexi Halperin.
The Cardinals added an insurance goal in the 74th minute when senior midfielder Annie Langley tallied her first goal of the season.
Despite the hole, the Crusaders continued to fight until the final whistle, but it wasn't enough to climb back and earn a victory.
By the end of the game, the Cardinals had pushed their shot advantage to 21-7, while holding a 5-1 edge over the Crusaders on corner kicks. Halperin needed just three saves to earn the victory over the Crusaders.
The Crusaders will travel to Scranton on Oct. 19, seeking their first conference win of the season.