Brady's Goal Provides CUA Overtime
Sophomore scores with less than two minutes left in double overtime
WASHINGTON - It took almost a 109 minutes, but the Catholic University men's soccer team scraped by The Drew Rangers (7-6, 3-1 Landmark) Saturday afternoon with the 1-0 double overtime victory. Sophomore forward Matt Brady (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) connected on his final run of the afternoon to improve the Cardinals to 6-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Landmark Conference. The win also gave Drew its first conference loss of the season.
Regulation was scoreless for both teams as each had their chances and failed to connect. After Drew controlled the offense in the first half outshooting CUA 8-4, the Cards came back and took the ball in the second notching 12 shots to just one from the Rangers. As regulation ran down and both team tried to find the back of the net, Cardinal keeper Quinn Daly (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine) can be credited for a solid performance in goal stopping a number of near-makes. Daly tallied five saves in the first 90 minutes.
At the end of regulation a scuffle on the field resulted in a Cardinal red card meaning CUA would spend overtime down a player. Despite the adverse conditions, CUA had a number of opportunities throughout the first and second overtimes. Many came from Brady who spent much of the game streaking downfield but each run was called off due to offsides or saved by keeper Jeff Rogers.
With time ticking away in the final overtime period, the Rangers had their last shot at a goal with a free kick near the top of the box. Daly saved the first header and Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) stopped the rebound from going in as both teams held their collective breath to see if the ball had crossed the plane. Finally with less than two minutes to go the Cards got an advantage with an open field and freshman Adrian Davis (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) sent a long ball to the middle from the right side. Brady was curling in from the left and received it in the middle of the field. As the defender knocked him off balance Brady got his right foot on it and managed to find the back corner as the Cardinals erupted on the sidelines.
CUA came away with the 1-0 win after 108:28 minutes of play. The Cards outshot the Rangers 21-14 for the game but Drew held an edge in corner kicks 5-4. Daly got the win for CUA with seven saves for the game while Rogers took the loss with five.
The Cards will travel to Goucher College on Wednesday for another conference match-up at 3:30 p.m.