CUA Defeats Villa Julie 2-1
Cards now prepare for one-two game on Saturday
WASHINGTON - On a sunny afternoon at DuFour Field the Catholic University women's soccer team (10-5) dominated the Villa Julie Mustangs (11-4). The Cards controlled the entire flow of the game but never really put the Mustangs away winning 2-1. The victory marked CUA's tenth of 2006 making this the fifth season in a row with ten or more wins for the Cards.
CUA put on a shooting clinic in the first half keeping the ball in Mustang territory almost the entire 45. The Cardinals got on the board at 12:20 off of a throw in deep in the left corner. Freshman defender Chelsea King (Prospect, Ky./Presentation) took the throw and hit Kate Rosenberg (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's). The senior midfielder took one quick touch and crossed it to Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) on the other side of the box who punched it in to make the score 1-0.
Early in the second half Kelly Anderson (Dover, Del./St. Thomas More) took a ball from Diana Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) at the right post and slid it past keeper Casey Brown to go ahead 2-0.
In the 79th minute the Mustangs finally had an opportunity on a long run down the right side of the field by Tonia Cristo she received the ball past midfield and forced CUA keeper Tere Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) to come far out of the box. Cristo was able to get by and shoot it into the bottom left corner to bring Villa Julie within one. After a few tense moments riding out the final minutes of play, CUA was able to come away with the 2-1 victory.
The Cards outshot the Mustangs 15-3 and took seven corner kicks to their two. Brown had six saves while three keepers spent time in the net for the Cardinals with Kate Milazzo (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) stopping two shots. Kim Stengle (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) got the win.
CUA will now begin to prepare for York College on Saturday in Pennsylvania. The Spartans are in second place in the CAC with only one conference loss. The game begins at 12:00 p.m., and live stats will be available online.