WASHINGTON – The Catholic University men's soccer team defeated Maine – Fort Kent 2-0 in non-conference action on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C.
Today's win pushed the Cardinals to 9-3-2 on the season, and extends their win streak to four, while the Bengals fall to 12-2. For the first time this year, Catholic received a regional ranking on Tuesday, entering at No. 9 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Poll.
Tyler Zimmerman (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) came in off the bench and immediately provided a burst of energy for the Cardinals. Less than a minute after entering the game, Zimmerman one-timed a cross from Jon Paciorek (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) on the right flank and found the back of the net for his third goal of the season at the 17:31 mark.
In the 30th minute, Zimmerman served a corner kick into the box that found Ian Smith (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin). Smith lined up a shot on goal as teammate Ben Fernandez (Bethesda, Chevy Chase) deflected the shot and redirected it past Jamie Cleland for a 2-0 Catholic lead.
The Cardinals maintained its 2-0 lead into halftime, with a 14-to-5 advantage in shots as well as corner kicks (9-to-3).
Despite several great chances, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half. A Bengal handball in the goal box created a penalty kick for the Cardinals, but Smith was just inches too high as he was denied by the crossbar.
Steven Lukas (Newark, Del./St. Elizabeth) came up big for the Catholic during his collegiate debut in the second half. Lukas saved a point-blank shot with 13 minutes remaining in the game to deny Maine – Fort Kent of a goal.
Lukas registered five saves in the second half, while Cam McGrory (Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle) had two saves in the first stanza. The two keepers teamed up for the Cardinal's sixth shutout win of the year.
For the game, the Cardinals held the advantage in both shots (17-to-13) and corner kicks (10-to-4).
The Cardinals are scheduled to return to the pitch for Landmark Conference action this Saturday, Oct. 19 at Merchant Marine pending the status of the government shutdown.
For more information about CUA men's soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com