September 23, 2009

Women's Soccer Drops Stevenson, 3-2

Women's Soccer Drops Stevenson, 3-2

9/23/09

WASHINGTON-- The CUA women's soccer team, now ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, opened today's match with two quick goals, adding a third just before halftime.  Stevenson, currently ranked ninth in the South-Atlantic Region, then tested the Cardinals defense late scoring two goals.  CUA held on to capture a 3-2 win over the visiting Mustangs.

Kelly Donnelly opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Diana Spadaro found a cutting Donnelly with a strong cross from the left side of the field.  Chelsea King then added two more for the Cardinals.  Her first came off a free kick just outside the box that was driven just under the crossbar in the 16th minute as well.  The second came in the 37th minute as King lofted a corner kick over the goalie and into the far corner of the net.

Stevenson went into the break down 0-3, but came out with intensity in the second half.  With numerous chances early, it wasn't until Stephanie Eyler found mesh in the 65th minute that the Mustangs got on the board.  Melinda Kane then scored in the 88th minute then Taylor Zimmerman found her head on a free kick.

CUA dominated the first half in shots, but a 9-5 second half for Stevenson brought the total to 15-13 in favor of the Cardinals.  Tere Rossi made six saves including a diving save to her left that kept the game in check for CUA.

The Cardinals will open the 2009 conference season with a match against Susquehanna on Saturday, Sept. 29 on the road at 1 p.m.  CUA follows that match with two more road matches before returning to face Hood College on Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

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