WASHINGTON – The Catholic University men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over McDaniel College in non-conference action on a cold, wet afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C.
With today’s win, the Cardinals move to 7-3-2 on the season while McDaniel falls to 6-3-3.
Neither team was able to pull away in the first half as the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 heading into halftime. Both teams created promising opportunities in opposing territory but neither squad was able to finish those chances. The Cardinals held a slight advantage in shots at 4-to-3.
Ten minutes into the second half, a Catholic free kick served into the box forced McDaniel goalkeeper Zach Nibbelink to come off his line and punch the ball out, Hunter Horvath (Southlake,Texas/Southlake Carroll) challenged the keeper and the two had a slight collision in mid-air. Minutes later, Nibbelink was forced to leave the game with blood on his face and was replaced by Tyler Naunton.
Catholic took advantage of the switch, when less than two minutes later Ian Smith (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) threaded a pass across the 6 yard box to Kevin Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) who was charging the box and one-timed a shot past Naunton in the 57th minute before he had a chance to warm up.
Named the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Romano’s proved that he is also an offensive threat when he put the Cardinals up 1-0. The senior defender was also tagged the Corvias ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Today’s score was his first game-winning goal of the season.
Torsten Meuschke (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) picked up his third win and fourth shutout of the season. He turned away three McDaniel shots for the game.
The Cardinals return to action this Saturday, Oct. 12 when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. for a conference matchup with Susquehanna (6-3-1) scheduled to kickoff at 12:00 p.m.
For more information on CUA Men's Soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com.