Cards Fall 2-0 in CAC Semifinal
CUA splits with Salisbury on the season
WASHINGTON - After a scoreless first half the Catholic University women's soccer team (11-7-1) looked to have the game under control after a strong hold on the offensive end during the first 45 minutes. Unfortunately the Salisbury Sea Gulls (9-6-1) had different plans gaining momentum on a free kick goal and winning 2-0 in the CAC semifinal. With the win the Sea Gulls advance to the CAC Championship against the four-seed St. Mary's who toppled York College in overtime to win the other semifinal match of the afternoon.
Although CUA dominated the ball in the first half, the Sea Gulls had a number of good looks including two shots off of corner kicks that hit the crossbar. At the end of the first the Cards had outshot the Sea Gulls 9-7 but the score was still tied.
The second half was incredible physical with three different players receiving yellow cards and the two teams combining for 21 fouls. In the 70th minute, CUA received a yellow card after an especially hard foul setting up the Salisbury free kick. Robyn Bishop's shot from 20 yards out went into the top left corner of the net as Cardinal keeper Kim Stengle (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was unable to come down with the save.
After the goal the momentum shifted entirely to Salisbury as CUA played from behind. Taking almost no shots in the final twenty minutes, CUA gave up a second goal on a slow roller from the left side to make the final 2-0.
CUA outshot Salisbury 17-12 and both teams took three corner kicks. Stengle took the loss and had six saves while Samantha Piper recorded the win for the Sea Gulls registering nine stops.
CUA will now have to wait to hear if it has been selected into post-season play.