Cardinals down Shenandoah 4-1 to earn first win of 2012

WASHINGTON – CUA got into the win column on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over Shenandoah at CUA Soccer Field.  The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then tacked on two more goals late in the second half to improve to 1-1 on the season.

A little less than 15 minutes into the match, Earl Hamilton gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead when he rifled a ball into the back of the net.

Two minutes later, Ben Fleri took a feed from Justin Oloriz and beat Shenandoah keeper James Dutcher for a 2-0 CUA advantage. 

The quick scoring continued when Emillio Altamirano got the Hornets on the board at the 19:40 mark of the opening half.

24 minutes into the half, Tyler Zimmerman looked to add to the Cardinals lead, but his shot was high.

Late in the half, CUA had a number of chances, getting off six shots in a span of seven minutes, but none were able to find the back of the net, sending the teams into intermission with the Cards on top 2-1.

CUA continued to control the action early in the second half with Fleri getting off back-to-back shots, but the first was blocked and the second sailed wide.

At the 72:26 mark, Josh Hynson looked to pull Shenandoah even, but his attempt was wide, keeping CUA in the lead.

Nick Civetti extended the Cardinals lead to 3-1 with a goal at the 80:42 mark and less than two minutes later, Fleri fed Ian Smith for another CUA goal, which put the match out of reach.

The Cardinals finished with a commanding 19-4 advantage in shots, including 7-1 after halftime.  CUA was also awarded the only three corner kicks of the afternoon.  James Dutcher totaled three saves in goal for the Hornets.

CUA will be back in action on Friday evening when the Cardinals take on Vassar at the Rowan Invitational Tournament on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.  Start time is set for 6 p.m.

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