WASHINGTON – The No. 17 CUA field hockey team improved to 4-0 in the Landmark Conference on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over Juniata at Cardinal Stadium. Juniata took the early lead in the fourth minute when Emma Dahmus scored unassisted, but CUA answered with the next three goals and added another late in the second half to move to 9-4 overall.
Goalie Megan Comunale made a timely save in the 15th minute, coming out of the goal to slide tackle the ball away from Juniata's Sara Bilheimer.
Undeterred by the Eagles early goal, CUA quickly fought back in the 16th minute when a foul was called against Juniata and the Cards were awarded a penalty stroke. After a goalie change by Juniata, senior defender Catherine Mirsky was called upon to take the shot. Mirsky's shot went right past the shoulder of Shelby Miller, and into the back of the cage evening the game at 1-1.
CUA quickly followed the first goal with its second a minute later. After being awarded a penalty corner, Colleen Harwood's shot was deflected. Taylor Elliott made a quick pass to Hayley Wright and her shot found the back of the net for a Cardinals goal in the 17th minute.
CUA led the first half in shots, outshooting Juniata 12-4, but was unable to add to its lead before halftime.
50 seconds into the second half, after a shot by Kim Hermann was deflected, Harwood scored to put the Cardinals up 3-1.
CUA was able to maintain its lead for about fifteen minutes before Juniata scored its first goal since having scored in the opening minutes of the game. Dahmus scored in the 51st minute after a penalty corner was awarded to Juniata.
Once again, CUA was able to answer Juniata's goal with one of its own. In the 64th minute, following a deflection on a penalty corner, Hermann scored on a pass from Wright to make the score 4-2. Two of CUA's goals came from penalty corners, the Cardinals were awarded nine for the game.
Juniata made one last charge to try and tie the game, scoring a last minute goal to bring the Eagles to within one. Bilheimer scored a breakaway that made the score 4-3 with 5.8 seconds remaining in the game.
CUA was able to hold on to the lead though, getting the ball back to run the clock down to remain undefeated in Landmark Conference play.
CUA finished with a commanding 28-6 lead in shots on the day. After losing the lead early in the game, the Cardinals persevered to reclaim the lead and never relinquished it. Comunale finished the day with one save, which proved to be critical.
The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday, October 17th when they take on Christopher Newport at home. Start time is set for 6 p.m. from inside Cardinal Stadium.
Story written by Vicky Berry, CUA Sports Communications