Strong Second Half Effort Not Enough as Women’s Soccer Falls to Holy Family, 1-0

Strong Second Half Effort Not Enough as Women’s Soccer Falls to Holy Family, 1-0

PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's soccer team (4-4-0, 3-2-0 CACC) dropped a conference matchup with the Holy Family Tigers (7-1-0, 4-1-0 CACC) on Tuesday afternoon from Ravenhill Field.

An early Tiger goal lifted Holy Family past the Rams, who came out in the second half with a sense of urgency on offense.

Holy Family's Brianna Rock scored the lone goal of the game in the 2nd minute when Stefani Ulmer made a short pass through the box to Rock, who took a shot from a few yards out for the goal.

Holy Family controlled a majority of the possession in the opening period, garnering the only three corner kicks of the half.

The best scoring chance for the Rams in the first half came from senior Julia Teixeira, who made her third start of the season on Tuesday. The Trumbell, Connecticut native played a ball through the box in the 18th minute, but was met by the HFU keeper, Emily Camp. Teixeira continued to play after the first initial contact before Camp wrapped her legs, for which Jefferson was awarded a penalty shot.

Teixeira kept her shot on the ground, playing it to the right side which Camp stopped with a diving save.

The Rams and Tigers were tied 6-6 on shots in the first with the score in favor of Holy Family 1-0.

Jefferson came out in the second half with a sense of urgency. The ball stayed in the Rams' attacking third for a large portion of the final half as Jefferson recorded 13 shots in the final 45 minutes, doubling their total from the first.

Jefferson nearly scored twice in the 83rd and 84th minute. One of five corners in the second half for the Rams, sophomore Alexa Karakitsios crossed a ball that bounced around in traffic; a shot and header by Jefferson both hit the crossbar, dashing hopes of a late equalizer.

The Rams got one final corner in the 87th minute but could not muster off a shot as they fell 1-0 to Holy Family.

After their strong offensive second half, the Rams finished with 19 shots to the Tigers' 11. Ten of Jefferson's 19 were on target, forcing the HFU keeper into making 10 saves, six in the second half.

Junior keeper Erin Tinneny (L, 4-4) made six saves on the day for the Rams after allowing Holy Familiy's initial shot.

Women's Soccer returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Felician in a conference matchup. Action begins at 5:30 p.m.