Cards Fall In Penalty Kicks in ECAC Championship
CUA plays to a double overtime tie
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Catholic University women's soccer squad (12-3-5) took the Swarthmore Garnet (14-2-3) to a double overtime 0-0 result forcing penalty kicks to decide the East Coast Athletic Conference championship. The Garnet held a 5-3 advantage in the PK's to earn the crown and take the season series to 1-0-1 between the squads that met the first and last games of 2007.
Swarthmore controlled the offense during the 110 minute contest outshooting the Cardinals 30-7. However, the Cardinals were awarded more corner kicks holding a 7-4 advantage. Despite the many opportunities for both teams neither could find the back of the net forcing two overtime periods and still ending scoreless. Tere Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) played the entire game in goal for the Cardinals and finished the day with 13 saves while Swarthmore keeper Lauren Walker had three.
The game goes onto both team's record as a tie but because the championship had to be decided it went to penalty kicks. The Garnet went first and hit it but Diana Napolitano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart) came out and evened the score. Swarthmore made the second but once again the Cards answered and connected with a solid shot by Michelle Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus). The Garnet stayed on the hot streak with the third as did Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) for CUA. Unfortunately the Cardinals' luck ran out as Swarthmore made the fourth but Diana Spadaro's (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) was stopped. Julia Luongo secured the championship hitting the last ending the PK's 5-3.
The Cards finish the season 12-3-5 and will return a majority of the starting lineup next year.