Virginia Beach, VA. - The Catholic University of America women's soccer team opened its season on the road with a 4-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Friday evening.
The Cardinals got an early start with back to back shots from freshman Maggie Moorcones and junior Jillian Sudo in the fifth minute of play. Sophomore Elizabeth Johnson got her foot on the rebound of Sudo's shot and chipped it into the net for the Cardinals' first tally of the night.
Catholic struck again in the 40th minute when junior Taylor Pisk ripped a trio of shots on target, placing the third between the pipes. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead heading into the halftime intermission.
The momentum rolled into the second half as senior Andrea Jablonskyj sent a cross to rookie Bridget Buckley in the 49th minute. Durning Buckley's first three minutes on the pitch, she took control of the play and lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 advantage with her first career goal.
The Cardinals continued to control the field throughout the second half. At the 82:26 mark, Johnson went on a breakaway and secured her second unassisted goal of the night and Catholic fourth score. Time expired as the Cards moved to a 1-0 overall record to kick off the year.
In all, the Cardinals took 14 shots placing eight on target. Senior Riley Hawblitzel and sophomore Mackenzie Earley helped the Catholic defense hold the Marlins to just two shots on goal as junior keeper Christina Peyroux earned her first shutout of the year.
The Cardinals continue their season at Virginia Wesleyan University, facing Christopher Newport at 6 p.m., on Saturday, September 2.
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