Women's Soccer Advances to Landmark Championship
WASHINGTON- Freshman midfielder Caitlin Brett's (Mercerville, N.J./Nottingham) goal at the 97th minute mark propelled the Catholic University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The emotionally charged regulation period was a back-and-forth battle between two hungry teams. The game heated up after officials issued two yellow cards on the Scranton side, but neither team could capitalize on offensive opportunities. Finally, 7 minutes into the overtime period, Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) made a quick pass to Brett, who blasted the ball past the Royals' goaltender, giving the Cards the 1-0 victory.
CUA out-shot the Royals 18-4 throughout the regulation and overtime periods. Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way for the Cardinals, and were offensive thorns in the Royal side all night long. Senior Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) was a tough force in the center of midfield, leading her teammates and affecting the momentum of the game.
Defensively, Helene Nicoletti (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) was the core of the Cardinal defense. Goaltender Terre Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) earned her fourth shutout of the season, recording two saves on the night.
CUA advances to the Landmark Championship game at Moravian on Saturday, November 8th.