September 1, 2012

Cardinals upended by Frostburg State in season opener

WASHINGTON – CUA fell to Frostburg State 4-0 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.  The Bobcats scored twice in the first half and added two more in the second, led by Adria Graham’s three scores.

Graham put the visitors on top 12:43 into the match with her first goal of the day.

CUA quickly looked for the equalizer with shots by Courtney Orgill and Kate Masson, but the first attempt was saved and the second sailed wide.

Dorie Gedridge gave the visitors a 2-0 lead with a little over 20 minutes to play in the half when she booted in a rebound off a saved shot.

Trailing by two, CUA continued to look for chances on the offensive end.  Kayle Greaves got off a shot with 14 minutes on the clock, but it went wide, and three minutes later, freshman Alexa Tsaganos’ shot was high.

With a little over three minutes to play, Tsaganos unleashed a shot from in front of the net that hit the crossbar.  Had she connected, CUA would have been down just one with a great deal of momentum on its side heading into the half.

Orgill took three shots in the early going of the second, but none connected, and soon after, Graham took a feed from Stephanie Fazenbaker and scored goal number-two to make it 3-0.

A shot by Greaves at the 67:14 mark was saved and again Graham responded, knocking in her third goal of the afternoon with 19 minutes remaining.

CUA never let up, totaling four shots down the stretch, but the Cardinals were unable to get on the board.

The Bobcats finished with a 22-14 lead in shots, while CUA had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Freshman Laxi Halperin sent back 10 shots in her collegiate debut for CUA, while FSU starting goal keeper Katie Smith stopped seven shots in 84 minutes of work.

CUA heads to Shenandoah for its next match, which will take place on Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.

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