Women’s Soccer Player Annie Galvin Named Crusader of the Week
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 16:10
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, it looked like the Holy Cross Women’s Soccer team would be competing in their sixth overtime game of the season on September 21 in their away game at Loyola (Maryland). Prior to this game, the team had yet to win a game, losing multiple times in heartbreaking fashion, including three ties in double overtime. This game marked the team’s first Patriot League game of the season, against one of the newest additions to the league.
The Crusaders had no intention of letting the game go to overtime. While some teams lose hope in scoring in the last few minutes of regulation, the Holy Cross soccer team played their hearts out and made each second count. Midfielder Jenna Scanlon, ’16 kicked the ball to teammate midfielder Gina Righini, ’15, who then sent a perfect pass to forward Annie Galvin, ’16. With only 36 seconds remaining, Galvin scored and clinched the first win of the season, which was against a Patriot League contender.
“It couldn’t come at a better time as we enter Patriot League play,” says Head Coach Darren Gallagher, referring to Galvin’s goal. This season marks his fifth year as the head coach. For her efforts, Galvin was named Crusader of the Week for the week of September 16-22. “It felt great to score because we had many chances to score. We felt we dominated and deserved to win the game,” said Galvin. She added, “It was nice to win our first game in the Patriot League, especially on the road against a good team, because it gave us the confidence and positive feelings going forward with our season.”
Heading into the game, the team was very excited to play in their Patriot League opener, and the goal was simple, to win. The team had a new formation and game plan, and the team executed it perfectly, especially in those last few critical seconds. The team has eight new players this year, including six freshmen and two sophomore transfer students. Despite the large number of new teammates, the players have all fit in quite well with the culture and attitude of the team, and have played to their
potential. “They have fit in perfectly with our style of play and provided much depth with their skill,” said Galvin, referring to her new teammates.
The captains also love the way the younger players are stepping up. This year the team has four captains: forward Alyssa Heiser, ’14, midfielder Sarah Kelley, ‘14, goalkeeper Carly McCabe, ’15, and defender Ally Pasquariello, ’15. They all praised second year forward Galvin for her game winning goal. “Annie really stepped up for our team in the final 36 seconds,” said Heiser. “She has exceptional poise and skill on the ball and her goal was a combination of her desire to find the back of the net as well as combined work ethic and determination by the rest of the team.”
Coach Gallagher was also thrilled with Galvin’s last second heroics. “It was great to see Annie get on the score sheet with such an important goal,” said Gallagher. “She has worked extremely hard over the past few weeks to find that finishing touch. Annie will draw great confidence from that goal and we expect her to return to the scoring form we saw this time last year.”
The team’s record this season does not reflect the hard work and how well they’ve been playing. Almost every game the team has lost has been decided by only one goal, and three of those games were ties in double overtime. “We have great team chemistry but we just have had difficulty finding the back of the net with our many scoring opportunities,” said Galvin. Yet, there are still plenty of games left to be played, and the Crusaders hope to win more, especially at home. Their main goal is to make it to the playoffs, and this game has given the team new life as they look ahead. “This road victory was a great way to start off our Patriot League play and has put us in a great position going forward,” said Heiser. “Our confidence and belief levels are high and we are looking forward to making our mark in the league this season.”
What does Galvin love most about playing for the Holy Cross Women’s Soccer team? “I get to play with a talented group of girls everyday who all have each other and the team’s best interest at heart,” she said. Come support the women’s soccer team as they take on another Patriot League contender, Lafayette, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Also, for those of you who may be remaining on campus for the Fall Break, the team is also playing at home on Tuesday, October 15 against UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. The team’s last home game of the season will be on Wednesday, October 23 against Patriot League contender Army at 6 p.m.