WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer team had its senior day ruined by Juniata College on Saturday, Oct. 26, losing 1-0 to the Eagles in Washington, D.C.
The Cardinals slip to 2-3 in Landmark Conference action, and 9-8 on the season, while Juniata improves to 12-4, and 3-2 in conference.
Catholic dominated the game from the first whistle to the last but fell victim to a game-changing call, resulting in a penalty kick for Juniata with less than 13 minutes to play.
Catholic had several scoring chances in the first half including a number of opportunities for rebounds off of shots that were initially saved, though the Lady Cards were denied on all of these plays.
The Cardinals outshot Juniata 7-to-2 in the first half, and forced four corner kicks while not surrendering any to the Eagles. Catholic was unable to connect on any of its opportunities and headed into intermission tied at 0-0.
Catholic came out strong, once again launching several attacks deep into Juniata territory but was shut down by a determined Eagle defense.
With 13 minutes left in the game, the Eagles had a fast break opportunity and got all the way into the Cardinal goal box for the first time of the half. The Catholic backline chased down the forward and thwarted the attempt, seemingly giving up a corner kick. However, the referee was very delayed in calling a questionable foul, awarding Juniata a penalty kick. Alicia Snyder stepped up and sent one past Lexi Halperin (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) for a 1-0 lead with 77:34 on the clock.
The free penalty kick was the only shot the Eagles recorded in the second half, and it proved to be the game-winner.
Immediately following the goal, the Cardinals went back on the offensive, sending defenders up the field looking to score the equalizer. Tricia Colucci (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen) ripped a shot from 35 yards out that had everyone holding their breath, as it got past Erin Mueller but was denied by the crossbar.
Mueller was beat on a couple of occasions but her defenders were able to clear the ball from the goal line before allowing any goals. Kaylre Greaves (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) beat Mueller only to have her shot turned away by a defender, and her rebound shot denied by the post midway through the second half.
The Cardinals shutdown Paula Pryor, who came into today's game as the Landmark's leading scorer with 13 goals on the season. Pryor did not register a single shot in the game.
For the game, the Cardinals dominated the offensive statistics, including a 17-to-3 advantage in shots, and 5-to-4 lead in corner kicks.
Prior to the start of the game, Catholic recognized its three seniors, Kate Masson (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), Annie Langley (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional), and Noelle Arcomano (Red Bank Catholic) for their contributions to the women's soccer team. The trio has recorded 33 victories and two playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Landmark Championship game.
Catholic returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 29 when they hit the road for their final non-conference game of the season vs. Washington College in Chestertown, Md. set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
For more information on CUA women's soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com