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Eagles fall short against Holy Cross Cougars 2-1

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By ERIC PILGRIM

The Fort Knox Eagles did everything right at their soccer matchup against the Holy Cross Cougars Saturday. They did everything they could to win, but they couldn’t break the Cougars’ 2-1 lead by the end of the game.

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The game started superb for the Eagles.

Within 11 minutes into the first half, freshman striker Ariel Herter took a well-aimed pass and ran it into Cougar territory. With lightning speed, she burned past defenders and powered a strike into the Cougar nets for the lead.

Cougars fought back against the deficit and managed minutes later to even the score with a bouncing kick that slipped just beneath goalie Marissa Wells’ grasp. Shortly before the half, the Cougars took the lead on a superb corner kick that caught the Eagles off guard.

The Eagles came out at
the start of the second half with fire in their boots, creating several opportunities on goal.

On one surge, it looked like Herter was about to mirror her first-half goal with another break away that again burned the Cougar defense. Despite catching the goalie napping, her shot on goal rolled just off the left post.

Throughout the second half, the Eagles’ offense kept up a brutal attack while the defense held steady against Holy Cross. The Cougars were only able to place a few shots on goal. One strike left the crowds gasping as Wells denied a Holy Cross goal with a last second diving grab.

After the clock ran out, assistant coach Bryan Donohue told the team they had nothing to be ashamed of.

“I’m incredibly proud of how you played today,” he said. “We’re this close. We’ve been this close for four or five games now. We’re going to get this. Great job! Hold your heads high.”

Assistant coach Michelle Stewart said the team played a winning game.

“They played very cohesive today,” she said. “We’re down a
couple of starters right now, but they showed
a lot of tenacity with their changes and passes. Wins are not as important to me as playing with integrity, and that’s what they showed today. The played with integrity.”