Mon, Sep 09, 2013 - [Women's Soccer]
Freshman forward Mariana Hoerr put the Cougars up for good in the first half
Freshman forward Mariana Hoerr put the Cougars up for good in the first half

Fort Wayne, Ind. – A go-ahead goal by freshman forward Mariana Hoerr (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) near the end of the first half gave the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team a 2-1 lead for good en route to a 3-1 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Monday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Hoerr's goal came off a header in the 42nd minute of play set up by a nicely placed corner kick by senior midfielder Molly Sheehan (Orland Park, Ill./Stagg).  With the victory, SXU evens out its overall record at 2-2-1 this season.     

The Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with junior midfielder Danielle Inzinga (Orland Park, Ill./Marist) putting Saint Xavier ahead, 1-0, in the seventh minute off a long unassisted shot into the lower left corner of the goal.  Six minutes later, USF tied the game when freshman forward Nicole Stephan scored on a shot attempt following a deflection off SXU freshman keeper Alex Perry (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville).  Hoerr got the go-ahead goal just before halftime to give the Cougars a 2-1 edge at the break.  The Saint Xavier defense played well in the second half keeping the opposition from tying the game.  With a minute to play, junior midfielder Cassie Pullia (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) put the game away with an unassisted goal intercepted when a USF player tried to clear the ball.  Perry finished the game with 10 saves, the third time this season she has posted double-digit saves in a game.


Saint Xavier (2-2-1 overall) returns to action on Saturday, September 14, with another road game against Siena Heights University (Mich.).  The game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. (eastern) start in Adrian, Mich.

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