Cardinals down Captains 1-0 in hard-fought match
WASHINGTON – In what was a tough, physical match, CUA came away with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Christopher Newport on Sunday afternoon. Lauren Cadott netted the game-winner for the Cardinals in the 80th minute, in a match that featured four yellow cards and 31 fouls.
CUA out shot the Captains 21-16 and was awarded six of the match's ten corner kicks. Freshman Lexi Halperin had a strong day in goal for the Cardinals, stopping nine shots, while Elena Currence sent back six shots for CNU.
CUA took the first three shots of the day, including one by Kate Masson at the 7:31 mark, which was stopped by Currence.
A Cardinals corner kick by Mary McGann at the 10:33 mark led to a shot attempt from Cadott, but it sailed high.
Back-to-back shots by CNU were sent back by Halperin near the 18-minute mark, as the match remained scoreless.
Maddy Thompson looked for the first goal of the day with a shot at the 26:35 mark, but Currence was there for the save.
Ten minutes later, Thompson tried again, and once again Currence made the save.
Soon after, McGann sent a beautiful cross in front of the net, but CUA was unable to get a shot off.
Just before halftime, CNU was awarded a corner kick and that led to a header by Annemarie Weaver, but it went wide, and the teams headed into halftime locked in a scoreless tie.
Early in the second, Noelle Arcomano took a shot for CUA, but Currence made the save.
CNU's Dani Gunderson came back with a shot of her own down the other end, but Halperin answered with a save for the Cardinals.
With 67 minutes gone, CNU was whistled for a yellow card, setting up Cadott with a free kick. Her attempt was too high though, and the game remained scoreless.
CUA remained aggressive though and it paid off in the 80th minute when Kiersten Gault fed Cadott for a shot right in front of the net, which Cadott deposited for a 1-0 Cardinals lead. Gault had two previous shots blocked before finding Cadott for the score.
At the 82:40 mark, CNU's Carly Utterback had a chance from in close, but Halperin was once again up for the challenge, making her eighth save of the day.
The Captains' Annemarie Weaver took the final shot of the day at the 85:57 mark, and Halperin closed things out with her ninth and final save.
CUA returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to face Stevenson. Start time is set for 4 p.m.