Tensions Run High in 2-0 CUA Loss
WASHINGTON - Catholic University men's soccer (3-9-2) dropped a physical game to the Washington College Shoremen (8-5) Tuesday afternoon at DuFour Field. The Cardinals fell 2-0 in a game that included three yellow cards and a number of hard fouls.
The game was scoreless in the first forty minutes with both teams making runs but neither able to get the goal. Midway through the half, Daniel Clifford (Marlton, N.J./Holy Cross) made a crucial stop in front of the net on a sure-goal for the team save. Clifford was playing in the backfield instead of his usual sport up front as a forward.
At 43:31, the Shoremen found an opportunity to score off of a broken play. With the ball deflecting off of a Cardinal, Conor Halesworth was able to control it long enough to shoot it past keeper Joe Schettino (Easton, Conn./Joel Barlow) to make the score 1-0 going into the break.
In the second half, the Cards held Washington until the 80th minute when Gabe Dopazo tapped in a goal on the right side. Frank Borelli and Jimmy Kielek each took one touch deep in the corner to get the ball to Dopazo on the right post. This would make the score 2-0 which would be the final.
The statistics were incredibly even as both teams had opportunities to score but only WC was able to connect. The Cards had 13 shots to Washington's 12 and seven corner kicks while the Shoremen attempted six. Both teams had seven saves.
The Cards will host their final regular-season home game on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., against Goucher. Before the game there will be a short ceremony honoring the 2006 senior class.