Livonia, Mich. – The Saint Xavier University women's soccer team could not find any momentum on either side of the ball Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 loss to Madonna University (Mich.) at Anders Field in Livonia, Mich. The Cougars (0-2-0 overall) gave up a pair of goals in each half to the host Crusaders and were limited to just seven shot attempts in the contest. Senior keeper Ashley Shugar (Lake Orion, Mich./Western Illinois University/Lake Orion) finished with five saves for SXU over the first 85 minutes of play before sophomore Anitas Balciunas (Brookfield, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) allowed one goal and recorded one save over the final five minutes.
Madonna was strong from the start offensively and cracked the scoring column in the 31st minute when freshman forward Kaitlyn Krysiak took a lead pass from sophomore forward Lilliana Serratos into the 18-yard box and was able to get her shot past Shugar to put the Crusaders on top, 1-0. Just over seven and a half minutes later, the duo struck again for a similar scoring play that made the score, 2-0, which proved to be the advantage Madonna would take into the half. Coming out of the intermission, the Crusaders added another goal when freshman forward Ashley Parent scored a goal in the 60th minute by taking a pass from senior forward Diana Brda near the top of the box and sending her shot to the right side of the net for the 3-0 lead. Brda provided another assist, this one in the 88th minute as her corner kick bounced free in the box to the open foot of sophomore midfielder Amanda Ferrick. Madonna posted 20 shots in the game compared to seven by SXU.
Saint Xavier (0-2-0 overall) completes its Michigan road trip on Monday, August 29, with a 5 p.m. (eastern) game against Siena Heights University (Mich.). The Cougars open the home slate on Saturday, September 3, with a tough match-up against No. 4 ranked Hastings College (Neb.) at 12 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.