August 29, 2014

Strong First Half Start Leads to 3-0 Catholic Season-Opening Victory

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Catholic University of America women's soccer team used two first half goals to pave the way to a 3-0 season-opening win over the Western Connecticut State Colonials on Friday, August 29 during the Rams Classic hosted by Farmingdale State in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Kaylre Greaves (Ocean, N.J.) placed the Cardinals on the scoreboard quickly with a through ball at the 6:11 mark of the first half. Kirsten Wosleger (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) registered her first assist of the season during the play.

"This was a fantastic play," said CUA head women's soccer coach J.P. Sousa.  "We collected the ball in the back, connected seven passes through midfield, and we then switched the point of attack to the wing, all while Kaylre was making a great run towards the box to secure the goal with a toe-poke shot into the net."

Both teams maintained an even keel over the next 30 minutes of play, as neither team created any dangerous scoring threats, until Catholic increased their effort to score.  With the assistance of Juliet Onufrak (Sarasota, Fla.), Lindsey Aleman (Hockessin, Del.) increased the Cardinals lead to a 2-0 advantage on a cross pass in front of the box.

CUA's final goal of the day came from a member of the freshmen class, as Andrea Jablonskyj's (Long Valley, N.J.) unassisted goal took the shutout to a three-goal advantage.

Lexi Halperin (River Vale, N.J.) recorded three saves in her first shutout of the year, alongside the defensive efforts of Tricia Colucci (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) and Sarah Madden (Yardley, Pa.).

"Tricia and Sarah controlled everything in front of them on the middle, while Ava and Maddy had chances to get forward and push the play from their outside positions making life very easy for Lexi in the goal," said Sousa. 

Looking at the numbers, the Cardinals out shot WCS 16 to 5, while the Colonials created a slim 2 to 1 lead on corners.  Western Connecticut's two-woman goalkeeper effort registered five saves to Catholic's three saves.

Catholic returns to action for the final day of the Rams Classic, as they take on the Farmingdale State host at 2:00 p.m.

"We want to continue what started today," said Sousa.  "Another win would be nice for the opening weekend of the season."

Notes:  The Cardinals win over Western Connecticut State, marks J.P. Sousa's first career win over his alma mater.

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