WASHINGTON – CUA took a big step towards earning the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament with a 1-0 upset of No. 19 Scranton on Saturday. The Cardinals' received a goal from Kevin Romano in the 49th minute on a penalty kick to lift CUA to its 11th win of the year on Senior Day.
Early in the second half, Scranton was whistled for a foul, setting Romano up with a penalty kick. The New Jersey native calmly stepped up and beat Royals' keeper Josh Ryan for what proved to be the game-winner.
Scranton actually outshot the Cardinals 15-9 and was awarded four of the seven corner kicks, but it did not matter, as CUA picked up a huge conference win.
Torsten Meuschke stopped seven shots for the Cardinals, while Ryan sent back six for the visitors.
Back-to-back shots by the Cardinals near the 13-minute mark were both saved, as were another pair of CUA shots four minutes later.
A shot by Scranton's Kevin Kozic at the 22:34 mark was stopped by Meuschke, and the match remained scoreless.
The final shot of the half came from the Royals' Patrick Daly at the 43:03 mark, but again Meuschke was there for the save.
20 minutes into the second half, Scranton was whistled for a foul and CUA was awarded a second penalty kick. This one was off the mark however, and the Cardinals lead remained at just one.
Matthew Salvatore looked to get the Royals on the board at the 76:49 mark, but his attempt was wide.
Around the 80-minute mark, Scranton got off three straight shots, but the CUA defense stood tall, blocking all three to preserve the one-goal lead.
The final shot of the day came from Kozic, but it went high, and soon after CUA had wrapped up its fifth conference win of 2012.
Prior to Saturday's match, CUA honored the lone member of its senior class, Mike Brennan, who has helped lead the Cardinals to 52 victories, four Landmark Conference Tournament berths, two conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during the last four years.
The Cardinals now have two regular season games remaining, beginning with a home match vs. Salisbury on October 24 that begins at 3:30 p.m.
CUA will then travel to Drew on October 27 for the regular season finale in a match that has a huge impact on the conference tournament seeding. Start time is set for 3:30 from Madison, New Jersey.