Cards Advance to ECAC Semifinals with 3-2 Victory
CUA to play at Grove City on Saturday
CHESTER, Pa. - The Catholic University women's soccer team (11-3-4) defeated Widener (14-6-1), 3-2, Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the East Coast Athletic Conference tournament. The fifth-seeded Cardinals downed the fourth-seeded Pioneers using three different goalkeepers and as many scorers.
Just two minutes into the game sophomore Kelly Anderson (Dover, Del./St. Thomas More) shot into an open net off of a cross from Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) who had received a tap from Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) to go ahead. After the quick score both teams stalled on offense going into the break with CUA up by one.
Opening the second, the Cardinals' problems started early with goal keeper Tere Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) going out with an injury. Freshman Amanda Cowan (Middle River, Md./Sparrows Point) entered and held the Pioneers off as Donnelly added another goal from about 30 yards out off of a pass from Peters. Widener finally answered in the 69th minute thanks to Sam Baer's shot off of a rebound. Five minutes later, Peters added a goal to her solid day sneaking it past keeper Alee Gunter to put the Cards up 3-1.
With a nice lead, the Cards looked to be in control but trouble was just around the corner as Sam Hand scored thanks to a cross from Baer to cut the deficit in half. On the goal, Cowan went down and had to leave the game forcing the coaching staff to turn to forward Sara Cooke (San Diego, Calif./Our Lady of Peace) to defend the net for the final 13 minutes. Cooke managed to stay strong and CUA went on to win 3-2.
The Cards were outshot 13-7 and took no corner kicks while Widener attempted six. Cowan had two saves while Rossi notched one in the net.
With the victory, the Cardinals advance to the semifinals versus top-seeded Grove City College on Saturday.