Win streak ends at three as CUA falls to Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – CUA saw its three-match winning streak come to an end on Wednesday, with the Cardinals (3-2) dropping a 3-0 decision at Mary Washington.  The Eagles scored twice in the opening half and added an insurance goal early in the second to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Neither team had much going on offense during the early portion of the match, with CUA’s Ian Smith taking the lone shot of the opening 15 minutes.

Nick Shepherd took Mary Washington’s opening shot and it turned out to be a goal for a 1-0 Eagles lead at the 18:03 mark.  Matt Alter assisted on the score.

A second shot from Smith, this one coming around the 26-minute mark, hit the post, and CUA remained down 1-0.

The Eagles added to their lead when Patrick Kelly took a feed from Shepherd at the 28:19 mark and found the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.

CUA had three more shots in the opening half, but Ben Fleri, Joe Taylor and Chris Larson were all off the mark with their attempts.

Much like the first half, the second began slowly, with no shots from either team for the first 13 minutes.

That changed at the 59:23 mark when Kelly netted his second score of the day off a feed from Omar Ismall.

The Mary Washington defense controlled most of the action from there, holding CUA without a shot for the entire second half.

The Cardinals were awarded a corner kick late in the match, but nothing came of it.

CUA outshot the Eagles 5-2 in the first half, but Mary Washington finished with a 6-5 advantage in that category.  The Cardinals were awarded three corner kicks and the Eagles were awarded two.

CUA has a tough test up next, when the Cardinals play host to No. 9 Messiah on Saturday afternoon.  Start time from CUA Soccer Field is slated for 1 p.m.

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