September 4, 2010

CUA earns first win of new season with 4-0 shutout

BALTIMORE, Md. – The CUA men’s soccer team notched its first win of the 2010 season on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 shutout over Penn State-Altoona on the campus of Johns Hopkins.  Four different Cardinals scored on the day as CUA used a three-goal second half to put away the Lions.

“I thought we stuck to our game plan today,” CUA head coach Travis Beauchamp said afterwards.  “We had plenty of chances in the first half and in the second half I felt like we worked hard to get a comfortable lead.”

The Cardinals out shot the Lions 16-4 on the afternoon, including an 8-3 advantage in the opening half, and CUA had six corners to Penn State-Altoona’s zero.  Quinn Daly went the first 80 minutes in goal for CUA and stopped two shots in that time before giving way to Thomas O’Leary who played the final ten minutes and recorded one save.

Kevin Duffy got things started for CUA with his first goal of the season 7:47 into the contest off a feed from Mike Brennan to put the Cardinals on top 1-0.  Brennan played the ball to the near post and Duffy snuck it past Lions’ goalkeeper Mike Sheridan for the score. 

“That was big to get an early score,” Beauchamp said.  “We came out buzzing with very good energy and I think our guys had something to prove after the way things went on Wednesday.”

CUA had other scoring chances in the half but was unable to get a second goal.  The Cardinals defense was more than up to the challenge however, as it kept Penn State-Altoona off the scoreboard and took its 1-0 lead into intermission.

The CUA offense caught fire in the second half and gave the Cardinals some breathing room as Ben Fernandez headed in a Mike DiMarco free kick at the 74:43 mark.  Four minutes later Ian Smith scored his first collegiate goal when he chipped the ball over a charging Sheridan into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Andrew Baggaley then put the game out of reach when he took a feed from Tyler Bills and scored his first goal of the season with under six minutes to play to make the score 4-0 in favor of CUA.

The Cardinals will get right back at it on Sunday evening when they take on the nation’s tenth ranked team, Johns Hopkins.  The match is slated to begin at 7:00.  It marks the second time in the last five days that CUA will be taking on a top-20 opponent.

“This is the way we set things up,” Beauchamp said.  “We want to see where we are at this point in the season.  It will be a good gauge for us as we try and mold this young team into midseason form.”

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