Men's Soccer Routs Wesley, 3-1

Men's Soccer Routs Wesley, 3-1

November 12, 2008

WASHINGTON-- Brian Pappas (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), after being named to the Landmark Conference First Team, led the way for CUA with two goals, as the Cardinals defeated Wesley, 3-1 in the opening round of the 2008 ECAC tournament.

It was a strong day for CUA men's soccer as the Cardinals defeated Wesley, 3-1 and several Cardinals, including the coaching staff, were honored by the conference.  Michael DiMarco (Vorhees, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep) opened the scoring for CUA only seven minutes into the contest, when he hit the cross bar and as the ball deflected straight down, it hit off the goalie and into the back of the net.

That goal set the tone for the remainder of the game.  The ball would fall CUA's way for the majority of the day with the long goal for Wesley coming in the 58th minute when Saidu Fofanah smashed a ball from 20 yards out past a sprawling Quinn Daly (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine), who recorded four saves on the day.

After DiMarco took his Rookie of the Year honors and validated them with his early goal, it was Pappas' turn to validate his first team nod.  In the 33rd and 45th minutes, Pappas marked two goals and gave the Cardinals all the padding they would need. 

Wesley came to the break trailing 3-0 but made a keeper change and kept their composure early in the second half.  The team had several chances including a corner kick that seemingly stunned Daly.  The best chance came in the 61st minute when Mike Thomas blasted a ball past a rushing Daly.  Everyone stood stunned as the ball traveled toward what seemed to be an open net, a sure goal, and the best momentum lift the visiting Wolverines could ask for.  But out of nowhere came the foot of a CUA player, blocking the ball and securing the two point advantage.  That foot was of Brian White (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) who stunned  even the officials who could be heard talking about the leap after the game. 

#3 CUA will return to action against the winner of No. 7 Washington & Jefferson at No. 2 Frostburg State which is taking place at 6 p.m. tonight.

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