CUA Loses Battle Against Generals
Brady continues his three-game scoring streak
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An own goal in the sixth minute came back to haunt the Catholic University men's soccer team (0-2-1) Sunday afternoon at DuFour Field. The Washington and Lee Generals (2-0) prospered off of an errant foot and a penalty kick to get the 2-1 victory.
Starting CUA keeper Joe Schettino (Easton, Conn./Joel Barlow) was drawn out on a shot near the right side early in the game. As one of the Cardinal defenders was attempting to get back to cover the open net and clear it, he got a foot on Kyle Garcia's shot but his kick was errant sending it into the goal to make it 1-0.
The Generals caught another break at 17:50 when a scuffle off of a shot in the box resulted in a penalty kick. Rhett McCraw went up against Schettino and found the corner to make the score 2-0.
The Cardinals showed resilience, however, coming back in the 18th minute. Senior captain Daniel Clifford (Marlton, N.J./Holy Cross) received the ball on the left side and tapped it to freshman Matt Brady (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) in the middle of the box. Brady made a quick juke to the left and went around the defender for one-on-one with Generals' keeper Ted Sheedy. Brady hit the back right corner putting the Cardinals within one.
The second half was a defensive battle, mainly for the Cardinals. Washington and Lee took 12 shots to CUA's three and controlled the ball almost the entire half. Schettino and the Cardinal defenders stifled every Washington and Lee attack, but without a score it did no good.
With a one-goal lead when the horn blew, Washington and Lee was able to hold on for the 2-1 win. The Generals outshot the Cardinals 21-6 and took nine penalty corners while CUA had none. Schettino tallied seven saves and Sheedy notched two.
CUA continues its home stand this Tuesday with a non-conference match-up against Shenandoah beginning at 4:00 p.m.