WASHINGTON – The Catholic University women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 non-conference decision to the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Fredericksburg, Va.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half as the teams headed into halftime tied a 0-0. Mary Washington held an early advantage in shots 8-to-3 over the Cardinals and created four corner kick opportunities while not conceding any to Catholic.
Catholic's backline held the Eagles scoreless in the first half as goalkeeper Lexi Halperin (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) turned away six Eagle shots.
The Cardinals looked ready to take the lead as they turned up the pressure in the second half. The Catholic attack fired off seven second half shots and held Mary Washington to just three. Though their offense was limited to just three shots, the Eagles were able to capitalize on two of those chances.
Jessica Bednarcik scored first for UMW at the 67:25 mark. Just 10 minutes later Tina Rader scored for the Eagles to go up 2-0 in the 78th minute.
Halperin registered six saves for the game, while her counterpart Alyssa Goodwin made five stops for the Eagles.
The loss puts Catholic below .500 for the first time all season.
The Cardinals (5-6) return to action this Saturday, Oct. 5 when they welcome Moravian (5-5) to Washington, D.C. for a Landmark Conference doubleheader. The women will kickoff at 1:00 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.
For more information on CUA Women's Soccer, visit the official athletics website at www.cuacardinals.com.