October 16, 2011

CUA takes over sole possession of first place after downing Eagles

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – In a battle of nationally ranked foes, No. 12 CUA took down No. 20 Juniata 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to hand the Eagles their first Landmark Conference loss of the season.  The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then broke things open with a three-goal second half for their seventh straight win.

Sunday's win was CUA's first over Juniata since earning a 1-0 decision on October 4, 2008 in Washington.  The Cardinals now sit alone in first place in the Landmark Conference with a record of 4-0.

CUA controlled action early on, as the Cardinals were awarded four penalty corners in the opening five minutes. 

Another penalty corner, this one coming in the 13th minute, led to the Cardinals first goal, which came from Maura Campbell off an assist by Colleen Harwood.

That wound up being the lone score of the opening half, with the two teams combining for just eight shots in the first 35 minutes.

Less than three minutes into the second half, CUA upped its lead to 2-0 when Harwood found the back of the cage off a feed from Mary Swarthout.

At the 50-minute mark, Juniata got off three consecutive shots, with the last one going for a goal.  Kim Amrod scored for the Eagles, cutting the Cardinals lead to just one.

CUA answered right back though, with Campbell scoring for the second time at the 54:55 mark to put the visitors back in front by two.

Less than a minute later, Harwood made it a three-goal spread when she found the back of the cage to put CUA comfortably in front.

The Cardinals defense did the rest of the work from there, holding Juniata without a shot for the final 14 minutes.

CUA out shot the Eagles 11-7 in the game and was awarded 11 penalty corners, to only 8 for Juniata.

Megan Comunale went all 70 minutes in the cage for CUA and stopped two shots, while Juniata received one save from Janelle Howard.

Following Sunday's contest, the Cardinals are allowing 0.67 goals per game and they've outscored teams by a combined 50-8 count this season.

CUA will return to action on Friday evening when the Cardinals host conference foe Scranton inside Cardinal Stadium on Homecoming Weekend.  Start time is set for 6 p.m.

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