WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer team finished the 2013 season with a 10-8-1 record and a 2-3-1 Landmark Conference finish. This season marks the eighth time that Head Coach JP Sousa guided his squad to a 10-win season in his 10 years at the helm of the Cardinals.
CUA jumped out to a quick start, winning its first three games over Frostburg St., Hood, and Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.).
The Cardinals dropped their first Landmark Conference game of the season 2-1 to Drew, then bounced back to win their next two against Moravian (1-0) and Susquehanna (3-1). Fighting for the final spot in the four-team conference tournament, the Cardinals battled top-seeded Scranton to a 1-1 tie and ultimately was not enough to make their way to the postseason.
Throughout the course of the season, three Cardinals were named Players of the Week for the conference. CUA swept the weekly award after the opening weekend 4-0 victory over Frostburg St., as Lindsay Aleman and Lexi Halperin earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards for their performances. In her collegiate debut, Aleman led the way with two goals and an assist, while sophomore goalie Halperin recorded six saves in her first shutout of the season. Kate Masson was named the Offensive Player of the Week on October 14 after scoring back-to-back game-winning goals against Rutgers-Camden and Susquehanna. Halperin picked up her second Defensive Player of the Week award to wrap up the season after going 1-0-1 in goal for the Cardinals. She recorded her fifth shutout of the season against Washington (Md.), and then allowed just one goal against a Scranton offense that averaged more than 2.5 goals per game.
At the end of the season, three Cardinals were named to the All-Landmark Team for their play over the season. Freshman midfielder Alyssa Fiore was named First Team All-Landmark for her strong rookie campaign. She started all 19 games for CUA and dished out a team-high eight assists and also scored one goal for 10 points, fourth-best on the team. Junior Tricia Colucci was also named First Team All-Landmark as a central defender that started all 19 games. Her leadership on defense helped the Cardinals post a 0.93 goals per game average which was second-best in the conference. Lexi Halperin earned Second Team laurels after posting five shutouts. She also had 60 saves and a .800 save percentage which was the best in the Landmark.
Ava Brown, Jenna Carlen, Tricia Colucci, Cristina Haigis, Lexi Halperin, Kelly Henderson, Maddy Thompson, Alexa Tsagano, and Kirsten Wosleger were named to the Landmark Fall Academic Roll, which recognizes student-athletes of sophomore standing or older with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. With nine student-athletes, women's soccer had the second-most members named to the Honor Roll out of all CUA fall sports.
Annie Langley was named to the first-ever All-Landmark Sportsmanship Team which recognizes student-athletes who epitomize the ideals of sportsmanship. The student-athletes selected demonstrate fair play, graciousness in victory and respectful in defeat. They are ambassadors for the team, both on and off the field, and galvanize their teammates toward their goals. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, spectators, and the greater campus community.
The Cardinals say goodbye to their three seniors, Annie Langley, Kate Masson, and Noelle Arcomano. The trio put together a career record of 34-33-4 over four years and had two postseason appearances in the Landmark Tournament, including a trip to the championship game in 2011.