Huntingdon, PA. - The Catholic University of America men’s soccer team put on a Saturday afternoon show as they outscored Landmark opponent, Juniata College, 6-1 for their first league victory of the year.
Catholic’s first score of the event came from senior Patrick Mogan, following a corner kick in the 18th minute. Junior Tyler Martin inbound the ball that eventually found its way into the six-yard box at the foot of fellow junior Aaron Boyle. Boyle chip a pass to Mogan who centered it between the posts into the back of the net.
The Cardinals struck again just six minutes later when senior Nick Joesten sent a rocket from the top of the box that dipped under the crossbar, right over the keeper’s head for a 2-0 advantage.
Juniata found their way on the board in the 35th minute to cut Catholic’s lead in half (2-1) but freshman Matt McLaughlin ripped a shot less than a minute later to increase the Cardinal lead (3-1). McLaughlin's first career goal come from the top of the box as he beat a Juniata defender and lofted the ball into the top right corner.
The Cardinals didn’t let the halftime break slow them down as they notched two quick goals in the 54th and 55th minutes.
Senior Matthew Holtschneider notched his first career goal with the opening goal in the second half. Rookie Nelson Zimmerman slotted a short cross setting Holtschneider to push inside the right post. Less than a minute later, junior Brian Galfond took the ball down the left wing and fired a shot from 25-yards out into the top right corner to bring Catholic to a 5-1 lead.
Catholic continued to control the game and notched its final goal of the event in the 73rd minute. Sophomore Brett Nesfeder took his turn at the goal but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar leaving the net wide open for junior Bradley Pierro to trap the rebound and send it into the back corner for the 6-1 advantage.
The Cardinals outshot the Eagles 17-5 during the Landmark Conference match. Graduate student Zachery Tashjy made three saves and earned his third win of the season while junior Ryan Cassidy made his third appearance of the year and recorded on save.
Catholic will return home to host league opponent Goucher College on Wednesday, October 4, at 4 p.m.
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