WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men’s soccer team played Drew University to a 1-1 double overtime tie during the CUA Homecoming match on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.
The game got off to a quick start as Ian Smith (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) set up Justin Oloriz (Laguna Nigel, Calif./Mater Dei) with a through ball into Ranger territory. Oloriz put the Cardinals up 1-0 as he got past Michael Reyes with his first goal of the season just 4:39 into the game.
Drew answered back quickly, as John Nogiewich headed home a throw-in from Michael Pezzuti at the 12-yard box that trickled past Torsten Meuschke (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder). The goal knotted the score at 1-1 in the 16th minute. The score remained until halftime as the team headed into the intermission tied.
Both teams were battling hard to score a goal and pick up their first conference victory. With under ten minutes to go in regulation, things got increasingly physical as a number of cautions were handed out. Reyes received a yellow card for Drew with 84:31 on the clock for handling the ball outside of his goal box, and teammate Gio Howells was ejected from the game after receiving a red card for a dangerous tackle with less than two minutes to play. Ben Fleri (College Park, Md./DeMatha) also picked up a yellow card at the 89:21 mark.
The teams were scoreless in the second half and headed into two sudden-death overtime periods. Drew was forced to play one man down for the remainder of the game due to Howells’ ejection.
Catholic dominated the opportunities in both overtime periods, outshooting the Rangers 5-to-2 but was unable to connect on any of their chances. After 110 minutes of play, the score remained tied a 1-1, as both teams earned one point towards their Landmark standings.
Meuschke registered four saves in goal for the Cardinals. For the game, Drew created seven corner kick chances to Catholic’s three. The Cardinals doubled up the Rangers in shots, holding a 16-to-8 advantage for the match.
The Cardinals (5-3-2) return to action next Saturday, Oct. 5 for another doubleheader against Landmark Conference foe Moravian (5-3-2) in Washington, D.C. with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
For more information on CUA Men's Soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com.