Women's Soccer Battles, but Falls to Lynchburg, 5-1
LEXINGTON, Va.-- Courtney Orgill (Wall, N.J./Wall) scored Catholic University's only goal of the contest as the Cardinals fell to Lynchburg College, 5-1, on Saturday in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament played at Washington & Lee University.
Joanie Snyder got the Hornets on the board in the 11th minute and Betsy Kwaitkowski added a goal seven minutes later to establish an early 2-0 lead. Orgill got the Cardinals back in the game with her goal from 18 yards out in the 20th minute, but two more quick strikes past CUA goalkeeper Tere Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) in the 29th and 32nd minutes gave Lynchburg a 4-1 lead at the half.
Catholic made some personnel changes to start the second half, but the Hornets got their fifth goal of the game when they stretched out the CUA defense on a counter-attack after a free kick in Lynchburg's defensive third of the field. Kwaitkowski streaked into the Catholic half of the field and beat goalkeeper Christina Cassidy (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks West) in the 49th minute to seal the victory for Lynchburg. This is the second NCAA win for the Hornets over CUA as they also won in the first round back in 2005 by a 3-1 score.
Orgill's first half goal was her 15th of the season and sets a
new CUA women's soccer freshman record. The Cardinals finished the
2009 season with a 17-3-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the
Landmark Conference en route to the team's first Landmark
Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) finished her junior year with 14 goals and seven assists to lead all Cardinal scorers, and the Landmark Conference, with 35 points. Orgill finished second on the team in points with 30. The CUA keepers allowed 20 goals in 21 games this season for a 0.94 GAA with 12 shutouts. Rossi led the way with 13 starts, a 1.32 GAA, and six shutouts.