CUA snaps losing skid with 2-1 win over St. Mary's
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – CUA snapped its two-match losing streak on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over St. Mary's. Earl Hamilton got the Cardinals on the board nine minutes into the match and Mike Brennan netted the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 51st minute to improve the Cards to 4-3.
CUA came out aggressive from the start, taking six shots in the opening nine minutes, including one from Hamilton that found the back of the net. Brennan assisted on the score and Hamilton deposited the shot in the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.
Soon after the goal, Brennan looked to up the lead, but his shot was stopped by Seahawks' goalkeeper Austin Brown.
Davis Holland got off a shot for St. Mary's at the 32:30 mark, but it went wide, as CUA remained in the lead.
With just over 22 minutes gone, CUA was whistled for a foul, setting Ryan Plaisance up with a penalty kick. He then beat Cardinals goalkeeper Cam McGrory to tie things at one.
Right after the PK, Tyler Zimmer looked to put the Cards back on top, but Brown was there for the save.
CUA was awarded back-to-back corner kicks with just over 10 minutes to play until intermission, and Hayden Pond got free for a shot, but his attempt went wide left.
The Cardinals were able to get off two more shots in the half, but Justin Oloriz's attempt went wide and Brown stopped another attempt by Pond.
Seven minutes into the second half, Pierre Zibi was issued a yellow card for St. Mary's, setting up Brennan with a penalty kick. The Cardinals senior stepped up and beat Davis to make it 2-1 CUA.
CUA's defense did the rest of the work from there, holding the Seahawks without a shot for the entire second half to help the Cards earn their fourth victory of 2012.
CUA finished with a commanding 18-5 advantage in shots, including 6-0 in the second half, and the Cardinals were awarded six of the match's seven corner kicks.
CUA returns to action on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals head to Pennsylvania to face Moravian in the 2012 Landmark Conference opener. Start time is set for 3:30 p.m.