Cardinals Drop Landmark Opener to Drew
WASHINGTON – The Drew University women’s soccer team spoiled the Catholic University’s homecoming game with a 2-1 decision over the Cardinals in both teams’ Landmark Conference opening game on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.
Catholic got on the board early, when Kate Masson (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) sent a cross into the box from the left flank. The Drew defense tried to clear the ball out of harm’s way but an awkward bounce caused the team an own goal, putting Catholic up 1-0 in the 11th minute of the game.
Emma Campbell was able to tie things up for Drew before halftime as she dribbled down the left side into Cardinal territory and past the back line, ripping a shot past Lexi Halperin (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) at 32:00 on the clock.
The teams went into the intermission tied a 1-1, with Drew holding a 4-to-2 advantage in shots. Both teams were able to create three corner kick opportunities in the first stanza.
As the second half got underway, Campbell was at it again for the Rangers as she was able to outrun the Cardinal defense for her second goal of the game in the 61st minute. She collected the ball from midfield and beat two defenders down the right sideline to set up her game-winning goal.
After a two game absence, Halperin was back in goal for the Cardinals, she registered three saves in the game. The Cardinals were even with the Rangers at four shots a piece in the second half.
The Cardinals (5-5) return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 2 when they travel to Fredericksburg, Va. for a non-conference tilt against Mary Washington (4-5), kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
For more information on CUA Women's Soccer, visit the official athletics website at www.cuacardinals.com.