WASHINGTON – Christopher Newport got out to an early lead en route to a 3-2 non-conference victory over visiting Catholic on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Newport News, Va.
The Captains struck first, as Emma O'Reilly scored her seventh goal of the year just 10:26 into the game. Lindsay Mondloch gave Christopher Newport some more cushion six minutes later when she got past Amy-Lynn Friel (Westampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace), giving her a team a 2-0 lead at the 16:31 mark.
The Cardinals did not go away, as Kaylre Greaves (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) headed home a cross from Kirsten Wosleger (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) to cut the lead to one just before halftime.
Christopher Newport held a 2-1 advantage going into the intermission. The Cardinals allowed 13 first half shots to the Captains and only registered two of their own in the first stanza.
The Cardinals came out of halftime pressuring the Captain's backline, as Lindsay Aleman (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Friends) chased down a deflection and ripped a shot past the Haley Casanova to even things up 2-2 in the 49th minute.
Christopher Newport scored again at 71:54 on the clock to take their second and final lead of the game for a 3-2 win.
The Cardinals held an 8-to-5 shot advantage in the second half, though the Captains owned a 18-to-10 advantage for the game. Corner kicks were even at two apiece.
"We got off to a slow start," said CUA coach J.P. Sousa. "Our young team showed a lot of character to battle back from being down two goals in the first half."
In her first career start, Friel picked up seven saves for the Cardinals.
Catholic (4-4) returns to action this Wednesday, Sept. 25 as they head to York, Pa. to take on the Spartans of York College (4-2-1) in another non-conference contest, scheduled to kickoff at 4:00p.m.
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