Aleman Lifts Catholic to Overtime Win
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer team notched its 10th win of the season, in a 1-0 overtime victory at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The Cardinals improve to 10-8 on the season, while the Shorewomen fall to 4-11-2 after tonight's game.
Catholic was quick to jump on the attack early into the action, but Melissa Barry came up big in goal for Washington, as she registered four saves in the first stanza.
CUA held a 10-to-1 advantage in shots and led in corner kicks 2-to-0 for the first half.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net after 90 minutes of play and had to play overtime to decide a winner. The Cardinals had a dominate 23-to-6 advantage in shots but the Shorewomen defense held their own and denied the CUA offense of finishing their scoring opportunities.
Five minutes into the extra time, Kaylre Greaves (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) collected a clear attempt by the Washington backline and found Alyssa Fiore (Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue) on the attack. Fiore then slotted a perfect ball for Lindsay Aleman (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Friends) who drilled a shot from the left side and bounced off the post for the game-winning goal at the 95:17 mark.
Lexi Halperin (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) picked up her ninth win of the season and fifth shutout. She registered two saves in the win.
Tonight's win marks the eighth time that CUA women's soccer coach JP Sousa has guided his team to a 10-win season.
The Cardinals return to action this Saturday, Nov. 2 in the final regular season game, a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at University of Scranton (14-2-1). The Cardinals must defeat the Royals to keep their playoff chances alive. Catholic is currently one point behind Moravian in the Landmark standings, fighting for the fourth and final spot into the conference semifinals.
For more information on CUA women's soccer, visit the official athletics website www.cuacardinals.com