2005 Capital Athletic Conference Champions

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S SOCCER SWEEPS 2005 CONFERENCE AWARDS

Washington, D.C. (Nov., 22, 2005) --
The Catholic University of America women's soccer team completed the most successful season in the program's history. By placing seven players on the Capital Athletic Conference all-star team, winning the team's first CAC Championship and earning an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time, CUA women's soccer has set the standard by which future teams will be measured.  The Cardinals finished the 2005 season 18-1-2 overall and an undefeated 6-0-1 in the CAC, outscoring opponents 77-13 and posting 14 shutouts.

Six Cardinals landed on the All-CAC first team, the most in the conference, and added another to the second squad - marking only the second time in history that it has placed more than two members on the team.

Senior forward Laura Kaye (Annandale, Va./Bishop Ireton) scored a team record 20 goals and added eight assists this fall to earn her fourth straight selection to the All-CAC team and was named CAC Player of the Year. Kaye leaves Catholic University as the women's soccer all-time leading goal-scorer with 49 goals, 19 assists and 117 points.

Other first team selections include sophomore midfielder Diana Napolitano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) who led the CAC with 13 assists this fall, senior defender Jill Correnti (San Diego, Calif./Our Lady of Peace), junior defender Cathryn Jensen (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and junior goalkeeper Kim Stengle (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge). Freshman forward Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) earned first team honors and was also named CAC Rookie of the Year for netting nine goals this season. 

Second team honors went to junior midfielder Kate Rosenberg (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) who scored 19 goals and added two assists for 40 points in 2005.

"We had a fantastic year and couldn't be happier to have seven girls named All-CAC," said Head Coach J.P. Sousa, the 2005 CAC Coach of the Year.  "To go undefeated in the regular season and then win the CAC championship and go to the NCAA tournament exceeded all expectations for the year.  Now we have to work even harder to do it again in 2006."

Catholic entered the 2005 CAC Tournament as the top seed. After defeating Gallaudet 6-0 in the opening round and St. Mary's 2-0 in the semifinals, the Cards took out York 3-2 to capture their first conference championship.

The Capital Athletic Conference consists of Catholic University, Gallaudet University, Goucher College, Marymount University, University of Mary Washington, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Salisbury University and York College of Pennsylvania.


2005 Outlook

The Catholic University women's soccer team posted its third consecutive winning season last fall, finishing 10-9-1 and advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.  Second year head coach J.P. Sousa believes the Cardinals have the confidence and personnel to continue their winning ways in 2005. The team features seven returning starters ready to face their Capital Athletic Conference foes as well as competitive out-of-conference opposition.

At the defensive end, the Cardinals return four solid performers - seniors Deanna Keil, Jill Correnti and Emily Clark, and junior Cathryn Jensen.   All will see quality time in the backfield.  Sophomore Meghan McGuire also figures in the coach's plans this fall. In goal, juniors Kim Stengle and Kate Milazzo will compete for the starting position for the Cardinals.

In the midfield, the Cardinals return three starters, including senior three-time All-CAC selection Laura Kaye, junior Kate Rosenberg and sophomore Diana Napolitano, the 2004 CUA Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year.  Joining this group of strong midfield players are freshmen standouts Alix McDonald from Florida and Elyse Bellardini from New Jersey.

Offensively, the Cardinals must fill the spots left by two very important contributors, Stephanie Hare (27 career goals) and Jenny Aspinwall, the all-time leading scorer in CUA women's soccer history (44 goals and 103 points).  While Coach Sousa will feel their loss up front, he believes a few young players can fill the scoring gap.  Sophomore Sara Cooke will see major minutes at forward this year.  She will be joined by freshman Suzie Peters from New York, and newcomer Ashley Dodd.

The 2005 schedule is a traditionally challenging one within the CAC, pitting the Cardinals against foes Mary Washington, Salisbury, York, Goucher, and St. Mary's. The team has strengthened its non-conference schedule by taking on teams with previous NCAA Tournament experience such as Frostburg State, Randolph-Macon and Methodist.  The Catholic University DC Classic Women's Soccer Tournament has also been revived this fall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of women's soccer at CUA, seeing the Cardinals play host to Meredith College and North Carolina Wesleyan College along with local rival Marymount.

JENSEN NAMED CoSIDA/ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (November 3, 2005) 
STENGLE NAMED CAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (November 5, 2005)
KAYE NAMED ALL-REGION THIRD TEAM BY NSCAA (December 8, 2005)
CUA'S LAURA KAYE EARNS CAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS (October 24, 2005) 
NAPOLITANO EARNS CAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF WEEK


2005 WOMEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
(18-1-2 Overall, 6-0-1 CAC)
Cumulative Stats

 

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

RESULT

Sept. 3

@ RMWC Classic vs. Sweet Briar

2:00 p.m.

W, 6-0

Sept. 4

@ RMWC Classic vs. Randolph-Macon Women's

2:00 p.m.

W, 6-0

Sept. 8

@ Trinity (D.C.)

4:00 p.m.

W, 10-0

Sept. 11

@ Randolph-Macon

1:00 p.m.

W, 2-0

Sept. 14 

@ Frostburg State

4:30 p.m.

W, 2-0

Sept. 17

@ Salisbury*

1:00 p.m.

W, 2-0

Sept. 20

@ St. Mary's*

4:00 p.m.

W, 4-3

Sept. 24

North Carolina Wesleyan (CUA DC Classic)

4:30 p.m.

W, 4-0

Sept. 25

Meredith (CUA DC Classic)

2:00 p.m.

W, 1-0

Sept. 28

@ Goucher*

4:30 p.m.

W, 6-1

Oct. 1

Methodist

1:00 p.m.

W, 4-2

Oct. 3

@ Gallaudet*

4:00 p.m.

W, 6-0 

Oct. 6

Marymount*

4:30 p.m.

W, 6-1

Oct. 15

@ Eastern Mennonite

3:30 p.m.

Tie, 1-1 

Oct. 19

@ Villa Julie

3:30 p.m.

W, 1-0

Oct. 23

York*

1:30 p.m.

W, 5-0 

Oct. 25

@ Mary Washington*

3:30 p.m.

Tie, 0-0

Oct. 30

CAC Tournament First Round
   #1 CUA vs #8 Gallaudet @Trinity

3:00 p.m.

W, 6-0

 

Nov. 2

CAC Tournament Semifinal
   #1 CUA vs #4 St. Mary's @ Trinity

2:00 p.m.   

                

W, 2-0

Nov. 5


Nov. 12

CAC Tournament Final
   #1 CUA vs #3 York @ Trinity

NCAA Tournament First Round
   vs. Lynchburg @ Newport News, Va.

2:00 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

W, 3-2



L, 1-3
 

 

* Capital Athletic Conference Game


2005 Roster

NO.

NAME

YR.

POS.

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

 0

Milazzo, Kate

Jr

GK

Corning, N.Y./Corning East

 1

Stengle, Kimberly

Jr

GK

Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge

 3

McGuire, Meghan

So

D

East Amherst, N.Y./Buffalo Sacred Heart

 4

Alt, Kelly

Fr

D

Rahway, N.J./Mother Seton

 5

Chambers, Katelynn

So

D

Montclair, N.J./Montclair

 6

McDonald, Alix

Fr

M

Vero Beach, Fla./St. Edward's

 7

Jensen, Cathryn

Jr

D

Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic

 8

Keil, Deanna

Sr

D

Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic

 9

Kaye, Laura

Sr

M

Annandale, Va./Bishop Ireton

10

Peters, Suzie

Fr

F

Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus

12

Correnti, Jill

Sr

D

San Diego, Calif./Our Lady of Peace

14

Dodd, Ashley

So

F

Weymouth, Mass./Notre Dame

15

Cooke, Sara

So

F

San Diego, Calif./Our Lady of Peace

16

Napolitano, Diana

So

M

Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart

17

Clark, Emily

Sr

D

Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart

19

Cadott, Danielle

Sr

F

Howell, N.J./Howell

20

Bellardini, Elyse

Fr

M

Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley

23

Rosenberg, Kate

Jr

M

Portland, Ore./St. Mary's

24

McNulty, Erin

Fr

D

Pittsburgh, Pa./Vincentian

 

Head Coach: J.P. Sousa
Assistant Coaches: Rob Summers, Jackie Yacenda

Captains: Deanna Keil and Laura Kaye 

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