WASHINGTON – The Catholic University Men's Soccer team split its matches against Dickinson College and Greensboro College to open season. The Red Devils of Dickinson spoiled the first game for the Cardinals with a 5-3 victory in Carlisle, Pa., on Friday, Aug. 30. The Cardinals bounced back to claim its first win by shutting out the Pride of Greensboro College 2-0 during its home opener on Sunday, Sept. 1.
On Friday night, the first three goals of the game were scored within a 2:10 minute stretch, as Javier Mena put the Red Devils on the board, netting his first unassisted goal of the season. Dickinson scored again in under two minutes of play, putting Catholic at a 2-0 deficit.
Catholic quickly answered back, as Ian Smith (Maple Glen, Pa. / Upper Dublin) obtained his first goal of the season in just 20 seconds after the ensuing kickoff.
The teams commenced the second half, going goal-for-goal making the score 3-2 in favor of Dickinson. The Red Devils then scored two unanswered goals to stretch the lead to 5-2.
The Cardinals would not give up, as Nico Bartolomeo (Pewaukee, Wis. / Pewaukee) notched his first goal of the season with just under a minute to play in the game.
Catholic got off 10 shots during the game, including seven on goal. The Cardinals picked up four corner kicks in Red Devil territory. Ben Sykes (Louisville, Ky. / Trinity) rounded out the scoring for the night off of a Justin Oloriz (Laguna Nigel, Calif. / Mater Dei) assist. Thorsten Meuschke (Gaithersburg, Md. / Magruder) picked up eight saves in the loss.
In the team's second game of the weekend, the Cardinals beat Greensboro College on a hot Sunday afternoon match uplifting the record to 1-1.
Smith put Catholic on the board at the 19:19 mark on an unassisted goal for his second tally of the year. Smith's goal was the only goal of the half, as the Cardinals went into halftime with a score of 1-0.
Catholic kept the pressure on, as they recorded six shots in the second half. With 18 minutes left to play, Tyler Zimmerman (Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinals Gibbons) dribbled down the left sideline and crossed a ball to Chris Larson (Nassau, Bahamas / St. Andrews) who finished the assist with a one-touch goal to put the Cardinals up 2-0
After giving up five goals at Dickinson, CUA Head Men's Soccer Coach Travis Beauchamp was pleased with how the team responded from Friday's game to deny Greensboro any scoring chances. "We addressed the defense at practice yesterday, talking about shape and being organized. The mistakes that we made on Friday were not major errors," said Beauchamp. "The guys were a bit more composed on the ball and it showed."
The Pride were limited to just five shots for the entire game, as Meuschke picked up three saves in the win.
CUA ended the game with a 12-to-5 advantage in shots, as well as a leading Greensboro in corner kicks, 8-to-3.
The Cardinals are back on the road, as they head to Shenandoah on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for a night match scheduled to start at 7:00p.m.
For more information on CUA Men's Soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com.